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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 01 December 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Wednesday!

It’s a Happy Wednesday for me because it’s time to name two new “Greatest Song(s) of All Time This Week.”

I’ll start with the Retro Version. The retro version is in honor of tonight’s start of Hanukkah. My personal favorite (half) Jew is the great Lenny Kravitz, so here’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” If you’ve seen Lenny recently, please tell him to come back. He was freaking AMAZING.

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The NEW version of TGSOATTW is a song heard prominently on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST. I hope that tonight’s Grammy Awards nomination announcement features the band Ra Ra Riot. “Shadow Casting” is quite good…

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Ryan Chell says Ravens waived S Ken Hamlin, signed FB Jason McKie

As I reported yesterday, the Ravens also tried out former Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans TE/FB Joel Gamble before going with McKie. I was told they made the decision because they felt McKie was more of a natural fullback while Gamble was more of a hybrid. Gamble is a Baltimore native (and Carver grad).

As far as McKie is concerned, I can’t imagine him being asked to do much more than block-but they’ll definitely need him to block. The likelihood is that Le’Ron McClain’s ankle will probably keep him out Sunday night, and the Ravens’ current roster options just aren’t particularly good. Dennis Pitta can help and Jalen Parmele could see the field; but in a game where running the ball will be important-the Ravens will need a true blocking back.

Don’t rule out Hamlin returning to Charm City at some point this season. He was cut once (to make room for Prince Miller humorously enough) but returned in favor of Trevor Pryce. The Ravens like the veteran presence that Hamlin gives them-but he hasn’t even been active much in recent weeks.

2. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ravens not concerned about outcry regarding towel giveaway

During our “Cheap Shots From the Bleachers” segment before last year’s Ravens-Steelers game at M&T Bank Stadium, I really used up all of the venom I have on this subject.

OF COURSE it’s shameful that the Ravens are giving away towels the night of a Ravens-Steelers game.

OF COURSE it’s embarrassing to hardcore Baltimore football fans to see their own team use a “copycat” version of a rival tradition.

OF COURSE fans should chose NOT to waive the towels but instead to use their hands to clap, bang thundersticks, or otherwise make noise.

OF COURSE the Ravens should really know better in this entire situation.

Unfortunately, they’re still going to give the stupid towel away Sunday night even though there is no one excited about it.

Hey-it makes a nice dish rag. If they were giving them away on the way out-I’d be okay with it. And even ol’ Forrester thinks it makes a nice wall flag…

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3. The AP’s Alan Robinson says Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wearing protective boot, expected to play Sunday vs. Ravens

OF COURSE Ben Roethlisberger is going to play Sunday.

(I’ve said “OF COURSE” a lot today. Annoying anyone?)

Of course, if Sabrina Maree lived in the Steel City (or here in Baltimore); I’m not so sure Big Ben wouldn’t be too distracted to make it to the game Sunday night. (Thanks The Beer Goggler via Busted Coverage!)

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4. ESPN.com drops Ravens to 4th in power rankings

Calm down. The only three teams ahead of the Ravens are the Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots and New York Jets; who are all 9-2. The Ravens are first amongst the 8-3 teams.

Before we move on from the Ravens, a few things…

-I’m all for the idea of a “No Means No” chant Sunday night. I think it has to start during TV timeouts right before the Steelers take the ball. If this happens, I will seriously OWE the city of Baltimore for being so freaking awesome.

-The Ravens return to the practice field at 1 Winning Drive in Owings Mills today. We’ll of course be out there to cover everything happening on and off the practice field. Make sure you remain tuned in to AM1570 WNST, checking out WNST.net and following us on Twitter (@WNST).

5. The Sun’s Dan Connolly says chances of Cesar Izturis returning to Orioles continue to improve

With no offense to Cesar Izturis, umm……..I’d rather not.

Connolly says Jason Bartlett will be dealt by the Tampa Bay Rays, but not to Baltimore. Miguel Tejada is headed to the San Francisco Giants, who lost Juan Uribe to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It could still be an option for the Minnesota Twins to deal JJ Hardy, but they’re not guaranteed to sign Tsuyoshi Nishioka or not move him to second base.

If all else fails, why not Maggi Caruthers?!?!? (Thanks Guyism!)

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6. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Ralph Friedgen named ACC Coach of the Year, QB Danny O’Brien named Rookie of the Year

Both of these were sort of “no brainer” types of decisions.

The only other real options for Coach of the Year were Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer. As the Seminoles did basically what everyone expected them to do and the Hokies only started playing well after losing to Boise State and James Madison; it would have been hard to justify either being honored ahead of Friedgen.

And I’m not sure I have many more words to scribe regarding O’Brien. Maybe it’s best the Terrapins DIDN’T make it to Charlotte to play in the ACC Championship Game. I’m not sure what else I could have said about him.

He’s like Matt Wieters. You know, expect…he’s actually done something.

7. UMTerps.com previews tonight’s tilt with Penn State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

I’ll say Terrapins 77, Nittany Lions 69.

I think it will be close for a while though, and I don’t doubt that Talor Battle will get his.

But there would be no excuse for Maryland to not roll up to State College and dominate inside with Jordan Williams. That should absolutely be the difference maker.

SHOULD be I say.

8. The AP says Justin Fry’s 16 points not enough as UMBC fell at Penn

Randy Monroe’s Retrievers MIGHT be better than last year; but it hasn’t resulted in a win yet.

And with a trip to UConn coming Friday night-I’m not sure a win is coming soon either.

Towson is in action tonight, the Tigers host Western Michigan at the Towson Center at 7pm.

9. The AP says Michael Harper scored 19 points to lead Coppin State past Lincoln (Pennsylvania) at CSPEC

Now they gear up for not only an early season MEAC showdown; but the ultimate rivalry game-as they visit Hill Field House for a date with the Morgan State Bears Saturday at 4pm.

But to celebrate the Eagles’ win, I offer a picture of Dani Thompson. (Thanks The Smoking Jacket!)

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10. The Sun’s Hanah Cho says Maryland officials maintain they will work to protect Preakness as future of horse racing in jeopardy

Did you miss Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Richard Hoffberger Wednesday morning with Drew Forrester on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST? Make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net today to check it out! Other things you’ll find in the Audio Vault include…

  • Mike Bires (Beaver County Times)-who talked Steelers with Drew Wednesday
  • Rich Dubroff (Carroll County Times)-who talked Ravens with Drew Wednesday
  • Paul Cantabene (Mustangs Lacrosse Coach)-who joined Drew Wednesday for “The Stevenson Coaches’ Report”
  • A Birds starting pitchers game (courtesy of Sporcle.com) Drew and Glenn Clark (I know him) played Wednesday morning, as well as a call from “Steve M from Kingsville.”
  • Keith Booth (Maryland assistant coach)-who joined Thyrl Nelson Tuesday for “The Terrapins Coaches’ Report”
  • Scott Smith (Strikeforce Fighter)-who joined Thyrl and John Rallo Tuesday during “The MMA Report”
  • Gregg Doyel (CBSSports.com)-who went around the sports world with Thyrl Tuesday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat”
  • Allen McCallum (WNST MLB Analyst)-who joined Rex Snider Tuesday for “The MLB Report”
  • Gabrielle Dow (Ravens VP of Marketing)-who joined Nestor Aparicio Tuesday on “The Afternoon Drive” to discuss the towel fiasco
  • John Czarnecki (FoxSports.com)-who went around the NFL Tuesday with Nestor

And finally, I leave you with this.

So apparently the North Carolina A&T band plays a version of the Antoine Dodson “Bed Intruder” song. Awesome. Thanks WNST intern Barry Kamen courtesy of Ryan Chell’s Facebook page…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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After Leading Terps Through “Adversity”, O’Brien Deserves Chance to Stay Under Center

Posted on 25 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Starting QB Jamarr Robinson (shoulder) was unable to practice at all. WR Tony Logan took the majority of snaps with the first team offense throughout the week.

As Head Coach Ralph Friedgen explained, the Maryland Terrapins were faced with quite a bit of “adversity” in the week leading up to Saturday’s game against the Florida International Panthers.

Redshirt freshman QB Danny O’Brien got the first start of his Terps career, and he made the most of it in leading the Terps (3-1) to a 42-28 win over Florida International (0-3) at Byrd Stadium.

It would be disingenuous to label the performance by O’Brien with some sort of overstated term like “brilliant” or “dazzling.” Instead, the performance would be best labeled as “effective.” Of course, “effective” was exactly what Friedgen and Offensive Coordinator James Franklin needed against a tricky Panthers defense that had put together a six sack, four interception performance at Texas A&M just a week earlier.

“Basically, we didn’t have a quarterback to practice with all week” said Friedgen. “(O’Brien) didn’t get many reps, and that’s always my concern. I was very impressed with his poise. He never got rattled. You’d think he’d at least be a little bit nervous, but I never got that from him.”

“We were trying to protect the quarterback, so we were trying to run the ball early” added Franklin. “That wasn’t as going as well as we would have liked, so the quick passing game was another way to move the ball and be able to protect the quarterback.”

They didn’t need “spectacular”, they just needed “effective.” They got it.

O’Brien finished the game a tidy 18-27 for 250 yards with two TD’s and no interceptions. His first touchdown pass to WR LaQuan Williams (Poly) was a particularly impressive nine yard fade to the back left corner of the south endzone. He also connected with WR Torrey Smith-the team’s top playmaker-eight times for 159 yards, including a 68 yard pitch and catch TD. He handled FIU pressure very well and effectively used his checkdown options instead of forcing passes into dangerous spots on the football field.

It was an especially effective performance for O’Brien considering how little Maryland was able to do on the ground in the game. Maryland finished the game with 169 net yards rushing, but all but 28 of them came on three big rushing TD plays. RB Da’Rel Scott broke off TD runs of 56 and 9 yards, while RB Davin Meggett capped scoring with a 76 yard TD scamper. But Maryland’s overall inability to establish a consistent running attack allowed FIU to hold a 34:05-25:55 advantage in time of possession and a 98-55 advantage in total offensive plays.

“I think it was a great team victory” said O’Brien. “I feel like I had a pretty good performance, (there were) a few plays I’d like back. We ran the ball and we protected great. I feel like everytime we do that, we have the receivers and running backs to beat everybody.

O’Brien got the start just a week after re-aggravating an ankle injury on his only snap in a 31-17 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown. He said his ankle was “close to” 100%, and wasn’t a factor during the game. Franklin confirmed that Robinson would have been available in an emergency situation, but Friedgen said Logan (who returned a punt 85 yards for a TD in the 2nd quarter) would have been the team’s backup QB.

The only problem for Friedgen and the Terps’ staff is that the performance will do little to settle their overall QB picture. Robinson and O’Brien had both played in all three games before Saturday, but Robinson was the clear starter. In fact, O’Brien saw the field for just one snap in both the Navy and WVU games, with his only snap resulting in a fumble each time. It was only against the FCS-level Morgan State Bears than O’Brien saw significant playing time before getting the start in Saturday’s victory.

“I think both (Robinson and O’Brien) will end up still playing” said Friedgen. “I think both of them have strengths. I think if we’re smart we can utilize both of their talents and we should try to do that. I’ll know that a little bit more when I see what Jamarr’s condition is.”

While Friedgen is likely to continue to work both quarterbacks into games, fans throughout the Old Line State will undoubtedly spend the week leading up to next Saturday’s contest with Duke calling for Friedgen to go with O’Brien exclusively. Fans took to Facebook and Twitter throughout the game Saturday (although only 33,254 were announced in attendance at the game) to make such statements about the QB situation. That controversy is unlikely to die down as the Terrapins face an uphill battle with only ACC games remaining on the regular season schedule.

O’Brien certainly appears to have the mental makeup to be a winner. Friedgen praised O’Brien’s mental makeup after the game, saying “that’s what you need at the quarterback position. You need a guy that can make decisions, put you in the right play and give you a chance to be successful.”

O’Brien is also unquestionably talented, and did not appear rattled by a defense that entered the game with the 28th ranked defense in the nation despite playing their first two games against opponents from BCS automatic qualifying conferences (Rutgers, Texas A&M). That being said, the two solid performances from O’Brien this season have come in emotionally flat environments; as both the Morgan State win and Saturday’s win were played in front of less than full crowds in College Park.

O’Brien has never played against an ACC opponent of any sort, while Robinson started games against bowl-bound teams like Virginia Tech and Florida State last season. O’Brien hasn’t played in electric environment, while Robinson nearly beat the Seminoles in the last game Bobby Bowden would ever coach in Tallahassee. O’Brien is not a particularly mobile QB, while Robinson has already registered a 100 yard rushing game (against the Hokies) in his career.

There are benefits to playing both quarterbacks (if both are healthy), but there appears to be some real need for consistency and leadership at the QB position. Fellow backfield mate Scott said of O’Brien “he’s a very poised young person.”

Friedgen has always remained loyal to his upperclassmen, but perhaps in this instance he would be better served to stick with O’Brien. O’Brien appears to have the better combination of physical and mental skills to win, and Robinson could still be capable of entering games to throw opponents a different look. Maryland tried to employ a similar combo two seasons ago with starter Chris Turner and speedy Florida transfer Josh Portis, but Portis often came onto the field without understanding play calls.

Loyalty is admirable, but for a team that could attract only 35,000 fans on a beautiful day in the Mid-Atlantic area, winning is more important. Incoming Athletic Director Kevin Anderson isn’t likely to value loyalty at the end of the season the same way he would value wins and losses.

In this instance, sticking with the quarterback that stood up in the face of adversity is probably the best way to go.

-G

Hear from Friedgen, O’Brien, Franklin and Scott NOW in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault right here at WNST.net!

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 July 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because the Bowie Baysox are celebrating “The Dude” tonight at Prince George’s Stadium. And I’m sure all other “Big Lebowski” fans are with me in thinking “Who better to celebrate???” (Edit from GMC: Video VERY MUCH NSFW.)

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Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Terrence Cody passed conditioning test, returned to Ravens practice

Like I said yesterday, “thank God our long civic nightmare is over.”

I’m not particularly worked up about a failed conditioning test. I am a BIT more worked up about the thought that we’ll have to worry about Terrence Cody’s weight/condition for the next few years.

I’m sure there are others (John Harbaugh comes to mind) that are even more concerned about it. Having Haloti Ngata give him a nickname like “Cheeseburger” doesn’t exactly bode well. Of course, it’s not like they didn’t know what they were getting when they picked him in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. It’s also not like the nickname doesn’t fit.

If I was more of a comedian, I’d have a better “hopefully he’ll be our Cheeseburger in Paradise” Jimmy Buffett-type joke to use here. Instead, I’ll opt to offer a picture of the Boston Blackie Burger from Blackie’s in Chicago-a spot I visited for the first time in my life on the 4th of July. It’s a winner…

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2. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Texas coach Mack Brown believes Sergio Kindle may have fallen due to narcolepsy

Which could VERY WELL be a legitimate reason.

There were reports around the time of the NFL Draft that Kindle may suffer from narcolepsy and ADD, and had fallen asleep during meetings while he was with the Longhorns. We hadn’t necessarily heard that sleepwalking was an issue; but there is certainly at least a CHANCE it’s true.

If so, it’s probably a less concerning explanation than some other potential explanations that had been thrown around. We won’t know what REALLY happened until Sergio Kindle is able to talk to the media-and even then there will be some who will still wonder exactly what happened last week in Austin.

3. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Mike Duffy says Jared Gaither reported to Training Camp ‘on time’ Wednesday, Terrell Suggs reported ‘slimmer’

I understand that they’re going to say the right thing here; but John Harbaugh said on Monday in the lobby of the Westminster Best Western that he was “looking forward to seeing (Gaither) today.”

Maybe the team didn’t require Gaither to report to Camp early because of his foot injury, but Coach Harbs certainly suggested that he was expecting to see Jared on Monday. Could be a simple miscommunication, could be that the head coach wanted Jared in earlier in the week because he missed OTA’s and is expected to play a different position this year.

The reality is that it doesn’t really matter. Gaither’s in Camp, and as long as he’s on the practice field tomorrow-everything is fine. If he’s still battling the foot problem tomorrow, there will be one more recent drama the team will be dealing with.

You know, because they needed another distraction. Remember when they were having a fairly quiet offseason???

As far as “T-Sizzle” is concerned, it will be interesting to see what he looks like on the practice field as well. As far as defensive improvement is concerned, it is clear that all of it surrounds what type of season Suggs has, especially considering the help that was supposed to come on the pass rush from Sergio Kindle now may well not be there.

4. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says Ed Reed spouted off about Baltimore media on Cleveland radio station

I’m finding it hard to find much of anything else to say about Ed Reed right now. He can be as mad as he wants to be at Mike Preston or anyone else in the Baltimore media; but everyone heard his comments-and no one forced a microphone in front of his face in any of his radio interviews; including the first one he did July 2 with us that started this ball rolling.

I’ll leave it alone for now.

The Ravens are off today as they hold an “administrative day” with veterans now in the house. They’ll put the pads on and his the field at McDaniel College for the first full team practice of camp tomorrow morning at 8:45. Luke Jones will keep you updated at the bottom of every hour with Drew Forrester, Thyrl Nelson and Nestor Aparicio.

5. The AP says Brad Mills shut down Orioles in 5-0 win for Blue Jays at Rogers Centre

Remember when Forrester bet me that the Birds would win AND cover 2.5?

I hope lunch is at PF Chang’s.

If I was surprised that a pitcher making his only start before being sent back down to the minors baffled the O’s, I’d tell you. The thing is…I’m not surprised by it at all.

How could I be?

The Orioles are the absolute worst team in baseball, and one of the worst teams in the history of baseball. How could I be surprised by any of this?!?!?

0-12 against Toronto this season. 31-70 for the season. I can’t make these type of numbers up.

6. The AP/WNST.net offer numerical evidence of loss

Jeremy Guthrie was actually pretty good last night. It probably won’t make you feel much better, but it happened. I’d like to think that it would improve his value at the Trade Deadline, but I saw what the Arizona Diamondbacks got for Dan Haren. Dan Haren is better than Jeremy Guthrie. The market just isn’t in the Orioles’ favor.

Despite Guthrie, you don’t want to look at the numbers-which include a combined 0-8 with 2 K’s and 5 LOB from Luke Scott and Adam Jones. Instead, look at Cameron Russell from Guyism. We’ll re-group after that…

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7. MLB.com’s James Hall says Juan Samuel will stick with Bergesen, rest of rotation this time through

Which means you’ll have to wait to see Zach Britton; not that you would have necessarily canceled your Saturday night plans to see him pitch anyway.

Clearly the Birds are hoping their roster decisions will be made for them with the trade deadline. Should they figure out a way to deal Guthrie (or Kevin Millwood), they could bring up Britton (or Chris Tillman) to replace them in the rotation. Should they deal Will Ohman or Mark Hendrickson, they could move Bergesen into the bullpen and move one of the others back into the rotation.

The problem with all of this is that I’m not even sure Andy MacPhail is going to be able to trade ANYONE. Guthrie is the best chip, but this is a year where the pitching market is top-heavy (Cliff Lee and Dan Haren already dealt, Roy Oswalt available); meaning the value for the secondary market is lessened. There have been years where Jeff Suppan and/or Sidney Ponson were the best pitchers available. If this was that type of the year, the market for Guthrie would be better.

The Birds will be lucky to get ANYTHING for Millwood; and the rest of their chips (Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada, Julio Lugo, Cesar Izturis, Ohman, Hendrickson) aren’t going to get them much more than a B-level prospect or player to be named at best.

The only real hope they have to get something is Luke Scott, who despite a tough night last night has been hot recently. The Orioles aren’t going to get a lot for him, but they might be able to get SOMETHING-which is more than they could get for much of anyone else.

8. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell, Nolan Reimold homered in Norfolk Tides’ win on farm

Before we move on from the on-field Orioles, a couple of things.

-The O’s head to Kansas City to face the Royals tonight; with Brian Matusz going against Kyle Davies. First pitch from Kauffman Stadium is on MASN at 8:10pm. There’s no reason the Orioles couldn’t win this game…but I’ll pick KC. Sean O’Sullivan, Zack Greinke and the great Bruce Chen are scheduled to finish the weekend against Jake Arrieta, Bergesen and Millwood. With a mircale, they’ll split.

-Soren Petro from 810 WHB in Kansas City joined Drew this morning on “The Morning Reaction” to preview the Royals series. If you missed it, make sure you head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net to check it out. Other guests included:

  • Jerry Crasnick (ESPN.com)-who discussed the trade deadline, as well as surprising teams in baseball
  • Jason La Canfora (NFL Network)-who discussed Terrell Owens, the AFC North, Dez Bryant and more
  • John Perrotto (Baseball Prospectus)-who went around the world of baseball

It’s all up in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault as well.

9. Fanhouse’s Greg Couch says former O’s 1B Jim Gentile finally credited with winning 1961 RBI title

Which you would know if you heard my “Cheap Shots From The Bleachers” segment this morning on AM1570 WNST. It’s in the Audio Vault if you missed it.

Apparently Lee MacPhail had told Gentile that he would have gotten $5,000 more if he had won the RBI title-which Greg Couch thinks Andy MacPhail should offer to pay him as a kind gesture. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

As a kind gesture from myself to Jim Gentile, I will offer pictures of Daniela Freitas. (Thanks Busted Coverage/Totally Crap!)

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10. UMTerps.com says WR/Specialist Torrey Smith, LB Alex Wujciak named All-ACC

Technically they have THREE all-conference selections, as Torrey Smith was named as both a receiver AND specialist. As I was reminded yesterday-Virginia Tech only had ONE all-conference selection (Ryan Williams), so take that Hokies!

The problem is that beyond these two, this Terrapins team has as many question marks as my Chapel Hill Elementary School 2nd grade English class. Of course, I rarely paid attention in my 2nd grade English class-as I spent more time paying attention to my “girlfriend” Michelle Hensley. Anyone know how she’s doing?

The joke I missed here was that Maryland only had two more wins than Chapel Hill last year. Damn! Sorry everyone…

11. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Maryland to play William & Mary (in football) again in 2012

I remind you that it’s “in football” because it isn’t surprising to see the Tribe come back to Byrd Stadium. Now if Gary Williams were to invite them back to Comcast Center after what happened last year, I’d be absolutely stunned. In fact, I’m a little surprised Gary doesn’t have a “no-fly” zone for W&M over College Park entirely.

Maryland regularly plays one FCS (former 1AA) per year; and they have Morgan State this year, Towson next year, and Rhode Island in 2013. This year’s other non-conference games are Navy, West Virginia and Eastern Michigan; next year’s are Notre Dame, West Virginia and (I believe) Temple.

12. Sports Network’s Craig Haley says Towson picked last in CAA

I stopped by CAA Media Day yesterday, and I have to admit that the oatmeal raisin cookies and potato chips at M&T Bank Stadium were DELICIOUS.

It’s hard to pick Rob Ambrose’s Tigers anything BUT last considering the year they’re coming off and the strength of the CAA; so I doubt they’re particularly disappointed.

As a consolation prize, I offer a photo of Katherine Jenkins. (Thanks Don Chavez!)

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And finally, I leave you with this.

I know I already named a “Greatest Song of All Time This Week” this week (“Cornbread” by Dave Matthews Band), but I’m sure there’s been a week where I forgot to name one; so I’m naming another. Hey, it’s my blog. Enjoy “Shutterbug” by Big Boi from Outkast…

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Emotion Lacking in Terps’ ACC Tournament Loss to Georgia Tech

Posted on 12 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Greensboro, NC It was going to be a tough match-up.

When the seedings for this weekend’s ACC Tournament were announced, Maryland fans were immediately concerned about the potential for the Terps to have to face Georgia Tech in the quarterfinals.

They were right to be concerned, as the Yellow Jackets had nearly stunned Maryland some 3 weeks earlier in College Park.

But what no Maryland fan (or ACC pundit) could have ever expected was the listless effort the Terrapins would give over the first 20 minutes en route to a 69-64 defeat at the hands of the Jackets on Friday night.

The Terps weren’t just outscored 41-25 over the first 20 minutes, they were out-rebounded 21-14, they shot just 9-31 (29%) from the floor and missed all 6 of their 3 point attempts. They trailed by as many as 19 before an Adrian Bowie 3 point play just before the halftime buzzer.

At times, it was ugly. Shots weren’t falling, but shots weren’t being taken with the type of determination you’d expect from a team that entered the game on a 7 game win streak. ACC Player of the Year Greivis Vasquez had just 5 points on 2-8 shooting, and ACC Rookie of the Year runner-up Jordan Williams had more personal fouls (2) than field goals made.

This wasn’t the Maryland team we had seen since a February 13th loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Gary Williams knew his team wasn’t ready for the task at hand. “I have to take the responsibility for the way we played the first half. Whatever we did getting ready for this – obviously we had plenty of time to get ready – we have to be ready emotionally.”

It’s hard to believe a Gary Williams-coached and Greivis Vasquez-lead team might not be ready “emotionally”, but you could see it on their faces.

Maybe splitting the ACC regular season championship left this Maryland team a bit overconfident. Maybe Georgia Tech got an emotional advantage by having to gut out a victory over North Carolina just 24 hours earlier.

Whatever it was, it was clear that it was something more than just being outplayed by a tough Georgia Tech team.

The emotion came back. After halftime, Maryland extended the last 3 points of the first half into a 24-7 run that got them back within two points-but no closer-before the Yellow Jackets finished off the victory.

The most frustrating part of the 2nd half was that Maryland had the ball nine times with the chance to tie the game or go ahead. Yet they never did. The emotion they dug up at intermission couldn’t carry them over that hump.

Senior guard Eric Hayes confirmed that failing to tie the game or pull ahead in those situations was “demoralizing”, and added “it’s a little frustrating when you use that much energy to get back into the game…and you can’t really get over the top.”

It’s about emotion.

This Maryland team may have put up some solid shooting percentage numbers this season, but they are by no means are perfect basketball team. They’ve struggled to shoot consistently away from College Park (they finished the Georgia Tech game just 25-67 from the field-37.3%, and just 4-21 from beyond the arc-19%), and they’ve been out-rebounded by teams (like the Jackets) that present matchup problems inside.

On paper, almost any team they’ll face in the NCAA Tournament might match-up favorably.

But where they’ve made up for their basketball imperfections is in emotion and intensity-at least until they got to Greensboro. They need 40 minutes (or more, as was the case when they traveled to Blacksburg) of intense, emotional effort. They put together about 12 in their loss to the Yellow Jackets.

Being eliminated from the ACC Tournament doesn’t end the season for the Terrapins. Some fans and analysts (who apparently don’t understand the significance of the ACC Tournament) have suggested that it might be a “good thing” for Maryland to lose before March Madness gets underway, as it would be difficult to extend a 10 game win streak into the NCAA Tournament.

They’ll gather Sunday night to watch the “Selection Sunday” show, and they’ll likely find out that they’re a Top 5 seed in the Tournament. Likely a 4, 5 or 6; they’ll be facing tough opponents again starting in Round 1.

Wherever they lost their emotional edge on the way to Greensboro, they’ll need to find it before they step on another floor.

If not, the remarkable run Gary Williams and his tremendous senior class has put together this season will be over as quickly as their appearance in the ACC Tournament was.

-G

Greensboro, NC
Greetings from the Greensboro Coliseum, where the #2 seeded Maryland Terrapins battle the #7 seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The winner advances to face the winner of tonight’s Florida State-NC State game in tomorrow’s semifinals.

The Terps were 76-74 winners in the only meeting between the teams this season-back on February 20th at Comcast Center in College Park. You’ll remember that Maryland needed a miracle 3 from Cliff Tucker at the buzzer to pull out the victory.

This matchup includes all of the ACC awards winners this season; ACC Player of the Year Greivis Vasquez, Coach of the Year Gary Williams, and Rookie of the Year Derrick Favors.

I will be providing updates below throughout the evening.You can also follow us on Twitter (@WNST), where Luke Jones, Bob Haynie and others will check in as well.

-G

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9:19pm-Georgia Tech knocks Maryland out of the ACC Tournament and likely punches their own ticket to The Big Dance. Final score 69-64. I’ll be back with more shortly.

9:18pm-Short stay in Greensboro. Not what you’d expect from the ACC Player of the Year…

9:17pm-They’ll have a chance….

9:16pm-It isn’t over, but it will take a miracle….

9:15pm-I was afraid of that….

9:14pm-We all know how this possession is going to end. Just 7 seconds on the shot clock though…

9:12pm-Can’t waste any more of these types of chances….

9:10pm-HUGE shot from Vasquez after Favors appeared to dagger the Terps with the putback dunk. 15 for Vasquez.

For the record, that DEFINITELY appeared to be a shot clock violation, and I’m right under the rim. I’m reasonably certain that ball did NOT hit the rim….

9:06pm-How many shots can Maryland miss with the deficit a one possession difference??? Unreal. Both teams have one timeout remaining with 1:44 to play. Tech ball up 3. They’ll want to work clock and get the ball inside.

9:04pm-The Jackets have been DESPERATELY trying to help the Terps from the line in the 2nd half…letting Glen Rice come down with that ball there is a killer though. Terps fortunate to get it back.

9:01pm-Tech will be in the double bonus the rest of the way. How many chances has Maryland had to get over the hump? Unreal. 2:47 to play at the final official timeout of regulation, Terps trail 62-59.

9:00pm-I don’t even have to ask if you think Derrick Favors’ head is in this one. It clearly isn’t. He’s a tourist. On vacation until the NBA Draft…

8:58pm-There’s two stops, but a BADLY ill-advised long pass gives it right back to Georgia Tech with Maryland trailing 62-59. 4:19 to play. Can’t afford those types of mistakes at this point in the game.

8:56pm-Landon Milbourne has 15 points to lead all scorers. Trailing 62-57 with 5:08 to play, the Terps need some defensive stops.

8:55pm-That was the 2009 Adrian Bowie we just saw on that last possession. Too soft to the rim, then line-driving a 3 point attempt. He’s been much better than that in recent weeks.

8:54pm-Who wants to hire me as a color analyst? Jordan Williams back in. Tech will want to go at him-at least when Moe Miller isn’t hitting jumpers…

8:51pm-12 points now for Greivis Vasquez, and Maryland trails 59-55 with 7:08 to play in this one. Gary has to be thinking about when to re-insert Jordan Williams during this timeout.

8:49pm-Big shot there from Eric Hayes to cut the lead back down to 5. He has 10 now. But ANOTHER miss inside from Mosley turns into another 3 from Brian Oliver. Tech by 8 again.

8:46pm-Maryland had plenty of chances to tie this up or take the lead, but instead they again trail by 5 at 53-48. Tech is regaining confidence, and a Brian Oliver 3 makes the lead 56-48 now for Tech. Gary Williams is forced to call his 4th timeout with 8:50 to play. He’ll have to go back to the drawing board.

8:43pm-The Gani Lawal-Sean Mosley matchup does not favor Maryland.

8:39pm-And with that foul on Mosley, the Jackets will be in the bonus the rest of the way. 48-46 Georgia Tech with 11:39 to play in the 2nd half, we’re at our 2nd official timeout.

8:38pm-This place was ready to explode if Vasquez had managed to hit that 3 ball. Maryland fans are absolutely drowning out the Tech fans in the building.

8:37pm-Already 5 team fouls on Maryland here in the 2nd half, still nearly 13 minutes to play.

8:35pm-If this is going to continue to be a coaching contest, I know this much. I prefer the guy on the Maryland bench. 48-44 Jackets.

8:32pm-Interesting to see Gary Williams turn to a small lineup, especially without Greivis Vasquez on the floor. But it’s working early, and the Terps have cut the Tech lead to 46-42, the closest they have been since early in the game.

4 teams fouls early in the half for Maryland. Cliff Tucker is playing the 4, and Paul Hewitt is quick to get Derrick Favors back in the game.

What is an “elbow violation” anyway???

8:31pm-Boy is this going to be a big 2nd half for Dino Gregory. The Mt. St. Joe grad is going to have to tough up with Jordan Williams in major foul trouble.

8:29pm-The Jackets are “lost” in the words of my friend Bruce Posner (who is sitting next to me here in Greensboro). Paul Hewitt is forced to take his 3rd timeout.

A block on Jordan Williams might change everything. He tried to get set, but I’m not sure he did. That’s four on him with 15:33 to play. Trouble.

8:26pm-There’s still a long way to go tonight. Terps have to sustain this energy for the rest of the half, and hope the Jackets wear down after playing a tough game against the Tar Heels last night. But trailing by 6 at the 1st official timeout of the 2nd half isn’t what I thought we’d be talking about when Georgia Tech was about to extend their lead to 20 in the first half.

8:24pm-Maybe we’re going to have a game tonight after all. 5 straight from Hayes and Vasquez, and it’s just 44-38 with 16:11 to play. 10 points now for the senior from Venezuela.

8:20pm-The Terps won’t go a game without a 3 ball tonight, as Greivis Vasquez drains one falling down. BUT-D’Andre Bell has an answer, and GT re-extends their lead to 11 at 44-33 before Paul Hewitt takes his 2nd timeout with 17:08 to play.

8:18pm-And just like that, Jordan Williams picks up his 3rd personal. This will be tough down the stretch as Maryland tries to contain Derrick Favors (6 points and 6 boards in the first half).

8:17pm-Jordan Williams finally missed his first free throw, but the Terps have scored the first 3 points of the 2nd half. Hey, small victories….

8:15pm-Did anyone think there was ANY chance Maryland might try to take a page from “D2: The Mighty Ducks” and change jerseys at the half? You know, Ducks fly together….

8:10pm-Maurice “Moe” Miller and Iman Shumpert lead all scorers with 9 points each. Landon Milbourne has 7 to lead Maryland. Greivis Vasquez has 5 (2-8 from field), Eric Hayes has 2 (1-5). Maryland has not connected on a 3 point shot yet tonight.

8:00pm-First Half point totals for Maryland this season away from Comcast Center….

11/23 vs. Chaminade in Maui-36 (lead by 10)
11/24 vs. Cincinnati in Maui-18 (trailed by 13)
11/25 vs. Wisconsin in Maui-27 (trailed by 10)
12/1 at Indiana-35 (lead by 2)
12/6 vs. Villanova at Verizon Center-38 (trailed by 11)
1/3 @ UNC-Greensboro-52 (lead by 18)
1/12 @ Wake Forest-39 (trailed by 3)
1/16 @ Boston College-38 (lead by 10)
1/31 @ Clemson-22 (trailed by 7)
2/4 @ Florida State-25 (trailed by 4)
2/13 @ Duke-24 (trailed by 16)
2/17 @ NC State-27 (trailed by 10)
2/27 @ Virginia Tech-31 (trailed by 6)
3/6 @ Virginia-38 (lead by 11)
3/12 vs. Georgia Tech in Greensboro-25 (trailed by 16)

It isn’t a perfect science, but there’s certainly a trend there. There won’t be any more games in College Park this season, so they’ll need to do something to improve upon this…

7:56pm-That’s a big play to end the half; but it doesn’t mean the Terps are back in it. It’s 41-25 Georgia Tech at the half. I’ll be back shortly…

7:54pm-Maryland trying to show SOME signs of life before the half, and the Terrapin supporters in the crowd DESPERATELY want to come to life. But every time something good happens, they struggle to build on it. Moe Miller just buried a 3 right on top of Vasquez and Milbourne. Wow.

7:52pm-Greivis is trying to “get the bit between his teeth” as Drew Forrester likes to say…but he is being taken COMPLETELY out of his game by Paul Hewitt’s defense. 39-20 with under 2 minutes to play.

7:50pm-Throwing the ball in the direction of the hoop instead of putting the ball IN the hoop from the cylinder has been an issue for Maryland all season.

This is dreadful. I just shouldn’t ever take road trips to this state I guess. 38-19 Jackets now, and Gary is forced to call his 3rd timeout already. Unthinkable.

7:48pm-We knew this was a bad matchup for Maryland, but it is STUNNING to see them struggle like this. 34-19 with 3:29 to play in the half at the final official timeout. If they can’t get it back under 10 before the break, this trip to Greensboro could be over before it started.

7:45pm-With both Gregory and Williams in foul trouble, Peacock was able to get his own miss there. Unreal. They have 6 team fouls, but they’re much more spread out.

7:44pm-Big hoop for Eric Hayes, as the Terps desperately need SOMEONE to hit some shots from outside. Of course, they also can’t have a guy like Zachary Peacock hitting 3 pointers on the other end. 29-19 Jackets…

7:43pm-Didn’t take long-Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory came right back in. Tech will obiously aim to go right at them…

7:41pm-Padgett has shown some heart defensively, but the Jackets are absolutely having their way inside on both ends. Gary will have to risk further foul trouble, as Tech has extended their lead to 26-15 with 6:55 to play, and the Terps had to take their 2nd timeout. Maybe Gary should have dressed Jerome Burney for this one….

7:38pm-Maryland finally breaks their offensive slump by getting Landon Milbourne behind the GT defense for a dunk. Unfortunately, Sean Mosley picked up his first foul (5th team foul) before the 3rd official timeout of the half. 22-15 Jackets with 7:37 to play.

7:35pm-As I guessed, James Padgett checked in for Maryland. He played good defense, but could only watch as Derrick Favors pulled down the board and threw home a 2nd chance dunk. Yikes.

Landon Milbourne especially looks tentative to shoot right now. Maryland trails 22-13 right now, they don’t want Tech to build this to double digits going towards the half.

7:33pm-That’s 2 personals now on Jordan Williams-which is PARTICULARLY bad news for Maryland. Gary Williams will call a timeout-he’ll need to come up with a new plan now with his big guys in foul trouble. Might need to steal a few minutes from James Padgett, who did not play in last Saturday’s win at Virginia.

7:30pm-Mfon Udofia checks in for Georgia Tech, Paul Hewitt is trying to keep his guys fresh after a hard fought win over UNC last night.

Shumpert’s dunk puts Tech up 19-13, Maryland badly needs one of their shooters to wake up. They came here in January to play UNC-Greensboro specifically hoping to get comfortable with the building.

7:29pm-I know that isn’t a great spot for Dino Gregory there at the top of the key-but you just can’t commit 3 shot fouls.

Of course, if you’re GT’s Brian Oliver, you can’t miss three free throws either. Wow.

7:24pm-Adrian Bowie into the game for Maryland-I can’t remember the last time he missed a shot. Of course, no long jumpers are falling for Maryland early on-which has often been the case away from College Park.

15-13 Tech at the 2nd official timeout of the half. 11:56 to play.

7:21pm-Maryland wants to see Tech take jumpers instead of working the ball inside, but they don’t want to see Iman Shumpert and Moe Miller hitting long ones like they just did. Landon Milbourne just hit the first long jumper of the game for Maryland.

Brian Oliver checks in and Gani Lawal checks back in for GT, Cliff Tucker and Dino Gregory get in for the first time for the Terps.

Worth noting that Jordan Williams has started the game 4-4 from the FT line.

7:17pm-Zachary Peacock checks in for GT, and Landon Milbourne gets a big 2nd chance hoop off a missed jumper by Mosley. We’re at our first official timeout, Maryland leads 7-4 with 15:41 to play in the half.

7:15pm-Given the types of layups Eric Hayes has made in recent weeks, it’s almost stunning to see him miss one.

Landon Milbourne makes just 1 of 2 at the line….you have to wonder if he’s going to get out of his funk at all before his career is over.

7:13pm-Odd decision for Paul Hewitt to call his first timeout so early, but he clearly didn’t like something after that Vasquez breakaway to put Maryland up 4-2. He’ll do a lot of coaching tonight, knowing the Ramblin’ Wreck might well need a win to get into the NCAA Tournament.

Moe Miller is the first Jacket off the bench.

7:06pm-As Luke Jones just Tweeted, the Terps are wearing white tonight, not the gold uniforms we’ve gotten accustomed to seeing them wearing in recent weeks at home. Our friend Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse on Twitter) let us know Wednesday night that the Terps DID bring the gold uniforms with them, who knows if we might see them at some point this weekend should the Terps advance.

7:10pm-A nice cut to Sean Mosley on the first possession, but he’s in amongst trees down there. What you saw on the Jackets’ first possession is EXACTLY what Maryland can’t have happen tonight. Three chances for a Wreck hoop, including Jordan Williams’ first personal.

7:01pm-No surprises in tonight’s starting lineups. Georgia Tech goes with Iman Shumpert, D’Andre Bell, Glen Rice Jr., Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors up top. The Terps counter with Eric Hayes, Greivis Vasquez, Sean Mosley, Landon Milbourne and Jordan Williams up top.

6:44pm-How did I miss the note that John Mayer was playing here at the Greensboro Coliseum Monday night? If Chris Bonetti is in with Drew Forrester again Monday on “The Comcast Morning Show”, you won’t need to even bother asking why.

Kudos to the meal planners here in Greensboro. Dinner tonight included fried catfish, mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. There was also sweet tea, and carrot cake after. That’s a WIN.

Also, I’ve been told I need to hit “Biscuitville” while I’m here. I’m guessing tomorrow morning would be my best bet, as Maryland would play the 2nd game tomorrow with a win tonight. Anyone know anything about Biscuitville? Anywhere else I need to stop by?

6:41pm-Well, the Maryland quarter of the arena is certainly packed, and there are a number of Maryland fans in other places here at the Coliseum. As I was walking in, I think 10 different Virginia Tech fans asked me if I was looking for tickets for tomorrow. For the record, I didn’t feel sorry for them. I just hope Terps fans aren’t in the same spot as Hokies fans later tonight….

6:33pm-I’m pleased with the league/Coliseum’s choice of pre-game entertainment, as they are showing the highlight video from the 2004 ACC Tournament currently. Good news there. If you’re looking for me on Raycom (WNUV 54 in Baltimore) or ESPN2 tonight-and I have NO IDEA why you would be-I’m directly under the north basket, wearing a black hat. The GTU cheerleaders are currently down on this end, couldn’t tell you if they’re staying here.

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 08 March 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because this weekend’s trip to Charlottesville was MUCH better than some of the other trips to Charlottesville I’ve made for football and basketball games in recent years. Did it get interesting late? Sure. Was it still a big win to clinch a share of the ACC regular season title? You bet your ass.

Plus, I made a pit stop in DC Friday night, and I wasn’t cut by the Redskins! (That’s a funnier joke if you know that the Skins cut 10 players last week. Of course, that only means that life got BETTER for 10 NFL players last week.) After a long evening of drinking heavily having responsible fun, a friend looked at me at about 3am and said “do you want an empanada?” Of course I responded with “I’ve never wanted anything more.”

So, she directed us to something called “Julia’s Empanadas” in Adams Morgan. I ordered a saltenas empanada….

saltenas

…and continued to howl in delight with a mix of chicken, potato, green peas, hard boiled egg, raisins, green olives and onion swirling in my gullet.

But I’m sure your Friday night was good too….

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Maryland to face Georgia Tech/North Carolina winner in ACC Tournament quarterfinals Friday night

Which gives me an excuse (like it did for Luke) to watch the video of Cliff Tucker’s shot again….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmmnA8WVqW8[/youtube]

I could watch that video all day.

Anyway….

It would NOT be a good matchup for the Terps if they had to face Georgia Tech Friday night. The reason Cliff Tucker HAD to hit that miraculous shot was because the Terps couldn’t put away the tough interior of the Wreck, who killed them on the glass. The Yellow Jackets may also be in a potentially similar situation as the Terrapins were going into the ACC Tournament a season ago, needing two wins to be able to sleep easier going into Selection Sunday. The Terps used that motivation to knock off Wake Forest last year.

That being said, Maryland would be well served to face a Paul Hewitt team that was playing a second game in as many nights. A less-rested Derrick Favors would likely not be as effective against a well-rested Jordan Williams.

And if Maryland were to be fortunate to face Carolina…..what are the mercy rules for college hoops?

2. ACCSports.com’s Jim Young picks Greivis Vasquez ACC Player of the Year, Gary Williams ACC Coach of the Year

Homer Simpson I might be, but I’m in complete agreement.

Look, if there were another candidate for ACC Coach of the Year, I’d consider it. Seth Greenberg had this award on ice before the Hokies dropped 3 straight a couple weeks ago, same for Tony Bennett before closing the season with 9 straight losses. Dino Gaudio and Oliver Purnell actually didn’t reach the heights they were expected to, and Paul Hewitt’s team never really got over the hump.

Apparently Mike Gminski nominated Coach K last night during the FSN broadcast of Clemson-Wake Forest, and I won’t be quite so dismissive here. Sometimes the award just SHOULD go to the coach of the best team in the conference. But seeing as how Duke had superior talent and higher expectations yet finished tied with Maryland; it’s hard to see how Mike Krzyzewski could be labeled as having been a BETTER coach than Gary Williams this season.

As far as Player of the Year is concerned, the guy that drilled 3 HUGE 3-balls in the 2nd half down in Charlottesville Saturday is well-deserving. If he splits it with Jon Scheyer (similar to how Shane Battier and Joe Forte did in ’00-’01), I won’t be nearly as enraged as some of you apparently would be.

3. The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps using yesterday, today to rest after grueling stretch, with trip to Greensboro looming

As Gary Williams pointed out following Saturday’s game in the bowels of John Paul Jones Arena-the Wednesday/Saturday turnaround seems a lot longer than it really is when you play at 9pm Wednesday and 1:30pm Saturday.

The Terps can use a few days off before preparing for GT and UNC. You could tell at different times over the last 3 weeks that they were losing their legs a bit-which makes you wonder how things may have been worse had the team not hired new strength coach Paul Ricci.

You know who probably DOESN’T need a new strength coach??? Shakira….

shakira

4. Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Tony Bennett’s technical Saturday different situation than when Gary Williams tossed his jacket against Georgia Tech

In the end, you just can’t show up officials. Yanda points out (and Maryland fans everywhere probably REFUSE to believe that Steve would defend Gary Williams-but he DID) that when Gary tossed his jacket, he did it because he was frustrated with how the Yellow Jackets were just beating the tar out of the Terps on the glass.

When Tony Bennett threw his jacket Saturday, he did it immediately after a Jerome Meyinsse foul call that he apparently thought should have been a charge on Sean Mosley. Whether the call was right or not (and in fairness-it was questionable), every coach has to know he can’t show up an official in that moment. He can disagree, and he can try to get the official’s attention for an explanation. But he can’t show up an official.

It really doesn’t matter that much to Maryland fans-as it wasn’t THE reason why the Terps won the game-it just made the final moments much more comfortable than they could have been had the Cavaliers managed to get the ball back down just 3-especially with once-College Park bound Jeff Jones having been red hot in the 2nd half.

Fortunately, we’ll never have to know how that situation would have played out.

5. Mt. St. Mary’s Official Site says Mountaineers’ hopes of returning to NCAA Tournament dashed by Robert Morris in NEC Tournament semis

Milan Brown’s ‘Eers had a chance to do what Randy Monroe’s UMBC Retrievers couldn’t and what Todd Bozeman’s Morgan State Bears will try to do-play for a 3rd straight conference championship.

While he fell short, MSM was very competitive again this season, and Brown has continued to do an OUTSTANDING job since replacing the legendary Jim Phelan.

Emmittsburg is a tough place to be noticed, but hopefully Brown is. He deserves some consideration for a job at a higher level. Not an ACC or  even a Conference USA level gig necessarily, but certainly consideration for jobs in conferences like the America East or the MAAC. If he’s interested in moving up to those levels that is.

6. Stevenson Official Site says Richie Ford scored 3 goals as Mustangs topped Western New England

Congratulations to Paul Cantabene’s ‘Stangs-who actually showed some defense yesterday in improving to 4-0 to start the lacrosse season. If you follow us on Twitter (@WNST), you’d know that my weekly “OldLineLax7″ poll (of the 7 D1 lacrosse schools in the state of Maryland) looks like this following this weekend’s action, including the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic…

1-Maryland
2-Johns Hopkins
3-Loyola
4-Navy
5-UMBC
6-Towson
7-Mt. St. Mary’s

I’m not trying to say the Mustangs could necessarily beat the Tigers or Mountaineers, but I will say that neither of those teams have won a game yet….

7. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Nick Markakis homered, but Birds lost to Red Sox

Knowing that the O’s would be playing the BoSox yesterday, I decided to be a professional reporter and went to the “Boston” page at BarstoolSports.com for info about the team. I spent about 15 minutes really studying up on pictures of Casey Batchelor….

batchelor

….what position will she be manning at Fenway Park this season?

8. Carroll County Times’ Rich Dubroff says Jason Berken off to solid start in Spring Training

At times, it actually really did look like Jason Berken was capable of pitching last season. I don’t know it for sure, but he definitely at least APPEARED capable of being able to pitch, at least after his WOEFUL start.

That being said, it’s too easy to call his role “long relief and spot starts” and just expect that he’ll experience some sort of renaissance this season. He’s gonna be in for a battle again, and it will certainly be interesting to see how he performs.

9. ESPN The Magazine’s Tim Kurkjian says Orioles ‘could flirt with .500′

Insert the name of many other national baseball writers where the name “Tim Kurkjian” is, and you can see the general tone many analysts have when it comes to this year’s Orioles.

The problem is-while they address what the Orioles have done to improve, they don’t really address how the Orioles stack up against the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays and Jays in the AL East. The same writers who say they think the Orioles can finish around .500 are usually writers for publications who think the Orioles will finish no better than 4th in the division.

Is it possible that 4 teams in the AL East could all finish at .500 or better? I guess. Is it likely? No.

.500 would be a REMARKABLE accomplishment for this Orioles team, not something that should be expected.

10. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Marlin Jackson will visit Eagles after visiting Ravens Tuesday

Which means Marlin Jackson probably isn’t the type of player that will get a contract offer from Ozzie Newsome Tuesday and call Philadelphia to say “forget it, I’m signing here!”

If the Ravens are looking to add a CB, Jackson would at least give them a little bit more size (the CB’s on their current roster are all sub-6’0″) even if his health remains a question mark. But the Ravens will be looking to get him for a bargain, meaning a contract offer for big money won’t be coming. He’ll go to Philly for another visit, and he might not end up deciding on Charm City.

11. LA Times’ John Horn says Sandra Bullock won Academy Award for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy-adoptive mother of Michael Oher

Which was maybe the least surprising thing….ever.

And as much as I loved “The Blind Side” (I really did-even if it was a chick flick), where was the love for the green chick from “Star Trek” in this category???

startrek

12. The Sun’s Ken Murray says international soccer to return to M&T Bank Stadium July 25

Love the idea…don’t love the date. This would either be a Sunday night match, or a July afternoon match. They did a Real Mardrid-DC United match at FedEx Field last summer, and I was told it was about 187 degrees on the field at the time of kickoff.

Unacceptable.

But otherwise, I’m all in. Love the idea, especially as the city tries to earn a bid to host World Cup games.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Here’s a video Busted Coverage had of two young ladies expressing their feelings for each other at a Chicago Bulls game. Now the explanation ends and the video begins….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbqr1ZJ3ZGw[/youtube]

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983….

-G

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Can the Terps Make a Serious Run?

Posted on 01 March 2010 by bigbrad

As the last week or so of the regular season gets under way, the Terps have a tough game coming up against the fourth ranked Duke Blue Devils. Everybody in the state of Maryland knows this is an enormous game, but I want to take a look at what this game can mean for the Terps heading into the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

 

I feel that the Terps can beat Duke at home on Wednesday night. The Comcast Center has been quite favorable to the Terps in the past few years, and they always play Duke well. And the main key to the game will be whether or not Greivis Vasquez decides to show up and play like he just did against the Hokies on Saturday night. Hopefully he can outshine Jon Scheyer. Vasquez’s 41-point performance was an epic performance for him. If he and the rest of the Terps show up, they can take down Duke, positioning themselves for a much higher seed on Selection Sunday. Another interesting match-up that could have a huge impact on the game will be Jordan Williams against Brian Zoubek, who torched the Terps last meeting with his double-double.

 

A victory over the Blue Devils will also give the Terps momentum for the ACC tournament. But at the same time, is it a good thing to win the ACC tournament? I have talked with some friends of mine, and is it worth going all out and play extra games just to tire the team out before the Big Dance? I feel that it is. First off, the ACC is a little weak this year, so the ACC tournament shouldn’t be too difficult for the Terps to get through. Plus, an ACC tournament victory will help snowball even more momentum for the NCAA tournament. And the further the Terps go, the higher the seed they will get, possibly giving them an easy road in the Sweet 16 or Elite 8. And once you get that far, everything is up for grabs. I feel that the Terps can make a serious run. Maryland will be back on the national scene, and then all these Gary Williams critics out there can go back into hiding.

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Vasquez’s 41 points lead Maryland past Virginia Tech, 104-100 in 2 OT thriller

Posted on 27 February 2010 by Luke Jones

It may have lacked the all-around brilliance of his triple-double against powerful North Carolina a season ago, but Greivis Vasquez’s performance in Blacksburg may have accomplished even more for himself and his team on Saturday night.

Maryland faced a desperate Virginia Tech team, losers of two in a row and sitting squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble. The Hokies had not lost a game at raucous Cassell Coliseum all season. And still, Vasquez nearly beat them by himself.

Behind a career-high 41 points—three shy of the school’s single-game record and the most by a Terrapin since Joe Smith’s 40 against Duke in 1995—Vasquez led Maryland to a 104-100 victory over Virginia Tech in a double-overtime thriller at Cassell Coliseum.

The performance not only locked up the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament for Maryland (21-7, 11-3 ACC) but likely catapulted Vasquez into the driver’s seat for ACC Player of the Year honors.

Amazingly, Vasquez’s night started out slowly as he struggled through 2-of-10 shooting and had only eight at the break as Maryland trailed 37-31. The hostile Virginia Tech crowd jeered him throughout the night, chanting “USA!” and other vicious barbs at the Venezuelan native, but Vasquez fed off the animosity in the second half and got better.

And better.

And even better.

Before Sean Mosley hit the final two free throws to seal the four-point victory in the final seconds of the second overtime, Vasquez had scored 33 points after the break, passing Albert King into third place on the Maryland all-time scoring list along the way.

The senior hit five 3-pointers, was a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe, grabbed seven rebounds, and handed out six assists. He scored inside and out, making countless big shots to lead the second-half comeback.

While Vasquez was the star of the evening—besting fellow ACC Player of the Year candidate Malcolm Delaney who scored 27 points in a losing effort—perhaps the most encouraging sign for the Terps was his teammates’ ability to step up in the extra periods to seal the victory.

Feeling the effects of playing all but two minutes in the double-overtime battle, Vasquez missed a potential game-winning shot at the end of the first overtime and scored just five points in the 10 extra minutes. However, fellow senior Eric Hayes drained 5-of-6 free throws in the extra sessions, two of which tied the score late in the first overtime, and finished with 12 points.

Mosley continued his offensive resurrection with 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Six of Mosley’s points came in the second overtime to finally push the Terps to victory.

Maryland made its free throws (22-for-27) and got the defensive stops when needed despite strong efforts from Delaney, Jeff Allen (25), and Dorenzo Hudson (21).

The win improves Maryland’s ACC road record to 4-3 and likely catapults the Terrapins into the top 25 for the first time since November. It was Maryland’s fourth straight comeback win from a second-half deficit and fifth straight win overall.

As much as his teammates may have provided the support in the final 10 minutes, the night belonged to Vasquez and is just another example of what he’s meant to Maryland this season. No player means more to his team in the Atlantic Coast Conference than Vasquez.

If he’s not the best player in the ACC this year, I still haven’t seen who’s better. Not Delaney or Jon Scheyer or Sylven Landesberg.

No one.

Talk about his combustible personality, his tendency to say the wrong thing, or his occasionally suspect decision making all you want, but there’s a reason why his jersey’s going to be raised to the Comcast Center rafters on Senior Night this Wednesday.

Vasquez will go down as perhaps the most under-appreciated player in school history, but he will undoubtedly leave College Park as one of its greatest too.

He’ll have one final act in front of the home crowd on Wednesday night against his nemesis Duke. It’s the one school that’s gotten the best of him in his career, with much of it brought on himself with the claims of Cameron Indoor Stadium being “his house” the last two seasons before embarrassing losses.

Unlike those two contests, Vasquez will actually be in “his house” one last time against Duke on Wednesday, and he’ll desperately seek redemption against the Blue Devils.

And with the way he’s playing right now and knowing it’s his final game in “his house,” I wouldn’t bet against him.

Check out the final stats here and the live blog below.

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9:47 p.m. — Hayes gets the inbound pass and is fouled again. He goes to the line for two and misses the second.

Virginia Tech has it down by two, and Erick Green misses the 3-point attempt. Hard to believe Delaney gave that one up.

Mosley is fouled and goes to the line. He drains them both, and Maryland is going to win it.

Maryland defeats Virginia Tech in double overtime, 104-100.

An EPIC battle.

9:45 p.m. — Delaney gets to the basket with absolute ease with Vasquez offering little resistance and not wanting to give the three-point play opportunity.

Huge possession here for the Terps with 15.9 to go.

9:44 p.m. — Hayes goes to the stripe and drains them both. Who else would you want at the line in that situation? Steady.

Maryland leads, 101-98, with 21.3 seconds remaining.

9:41 p.m. — Allen completes the three-point play after Williams is called for the blocking foul.

One-point game and Hayes going to the line for two shots.

9:40 p.m. — Vasquez fouls Delaney on the shot, sending him to the line for two shots with 39.5 to play.

He misses both free throws. Wow.

Mosley is fouled and makes them both.

9:36 p.m. — Delaney hits the first and, following the timeout, drains the second to cut the lead to two points with 1:16 remaining.

Vasquez cannot hit the runner, but Hudson misses the layup on the other end. Unfortunately for Maryland, the ball goes off Gregory out of bounds and it stays with Virginia Tech.

9:32 p.m. — Critical misses by Allen on that trip to the line with Maryland up by four.

The Terps work some clock, but Vasquez cannot hit the shot off the glass.

Going the other way, Delaney is fouled by Vasquez.

9:30 p.m. — Did Gregory call that one? I don’t care if he didn’t, quite frankly.

9:29 p.m. — Gregory hits both free throws to give the Terps the early lead in the second overtime.

Delaney cannot score inside and Vasquez scores on the other end to give him 41 points.

9:26 p.m. — Having the clock fail to start matches up with everything else that’s gone wrong in this one at the Coliseum.

What a game though!

9:25 p.m. — Sorry for the lack of an update. Clearly we’ve gone to double overtime.

Let’s see what Vasquez and company have left for another five minutes.

9:21 p.m. — Hayes goes to the line for two and makes them both to tie the game.

41.1 seconds to go in this one.

9:20 p.m. — Bell hits the triple to put Tech up by two points with under a minute to go.

UGH.

9:18 p.m. — Gregory cannot hit the jumper, and the Hokies have the ball, down by one.

Great defense by the Terps to force the 35-second violation.

9:17 p.m. — Thompson goes inside and draws the foul on Milbourne, his fifth.

Nice early contribution from him in overtime but a very forgettable night for him.

9:14 p.m. — A vicious pick by Jordan Williams on Delaney gives Vasquez the room to drill the triple.

39 points for Vasquez!

9:12 p.m. — Milbourne hits a shot. He NEEDED that one on so many levels.

9:10 p.m. — Maryland is 0-1 in overtime games this year.

Hope it’s a better outcome than the Wake Forest game.

9:06 p.m. — Hard to tell if his foot was on the line. I’m not watching in high definition, so it’s hard to tell.

9:04 p.m. — How do you just give Thompson an open look like that?

Un-fricking-believable.

9:03 p.m. — 18 seconds to go.

Maryland by 3.

9:01 p.m. — That just CANNOT happen. Milbourne with a critical turnover.

Ugh.

8:59 p.m. — Vasquez draws the blocking foul on Allen, sending him to the line for a 1-and-1.

He hits both to give him 36 points and the Terps a three-point lead.

8:57 p.m. — Vasquez with his BIGGEST shot of the game, a 3-ball to give the Terps a one-point lead.

Unbelievable performance. 34 points.

8:55 p.m. — The Terps desperately need a stop down by two points, and they get it with the Allen miss.

Off the inbound pass, Vasquez finds Milbourne for the layup to tie the game.

Wow.

8:52 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout with the game tied 73-73.

Vasquez with a new season-high of 31 points.

8:51 p.m. — That was a nice, composed possession after throwing up some off-balance shots over the last couple minutes.

8:49 p.m. — Maryland desperately needs someone else to step up on the offensive end as Vasquez is definitely cooling off.

Hudson draws the blocking foul on Gregory and scores the basket.

72-69 Virginia Tech with a timeout on the floor.

8:47 p.m. — Gregory with the nice look inside to Milbourne for the layup.

Vasquez steals the inbound pass but then takes the 3-pointer and misses. Wasn’t necessarily a bad shot, but it gave the Terps no chance at an offensive rebound.

8:41 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 timeout. Maryland leads Tech, 67-66.

8:40 p.m. — That shot from Vasquez worries me. He was facing a double team yet still chucked up the 3-ball attempt. Obviously he’s not getting a lot of help, but he cannot do it all by himself.

Allen is absolutely killing the Terps right now.

8:38 p.m. — You can just see Vasquez getting in that frame of mind where he’s looking to score every time down the floor. Virginia Tech has no answers either.

We’ve got a good one in Blacksburg.

8:36 p.m. — Vasquez takes it inside for the finger roll. Making it look easy.

8:32 p.m. — Virginia Tech leads 59-58 with 11:18 remaining at the second media timeout of the second half.

8:29 p.m. — Vasquez with a very ill-advised shot, but then gets the steal and scores on a 3-on-1 disadvantage. Maryland takes a timeout, trailing by one.

8:27 p.m. — Allen with a very smart play going right after Milbourne with three fouls.

The scoring pace has picked up considerably in the first eight minutes of this one.

8:25 p.m. — Vasquez is absolutely torching the Hokies. Maryland is now on an 11-2 run and has regained the lead.

The Tech fans might want to think about leaving the senior from Venezuela alone for a little while.

8:20 p.m. — Gregory with the offensive board and gets it out to Vasquez for ANOTHER three. You can tell he’s really feeding off a hostile Cassell Coliseum crowd.

Perhaps the Hokies fans should have passed out a cheer sheet like NC State did earlier in the year. The jeers may end up hurting the Hokies’ chances in this one.

8:19 p.m. — Hayes with the active hands and dishes back to Vasquez for the triple to cut the lead to three points. Nice to see Hayes so active on the defensive end.

8:17 p.m. — Hudson continuing to have a big night with 15 points already.

Milbourne misses inside, but Williams fights hard for the offensive board and draws the foul.

Air-balling free throws will not help the cause at all.

8:14 p.m. — Virginia Tech looked much better beating the press that time and has now scored three straight times off the press.

Vasquez looks like he’s starting to get it going and now has 12 points.

Unfortunately, Delaney is heating up as well.

8:12 p.m. — The second half is underway with Hayes hitting a triple right off the bat. Definitely need to get him going after a quiet first half.

7:56 p.m. — We’ve reached the intermission with Virginia Tech leading Maryland, 37-31.

7:54 p.m. — Maryland shows the press and gives the Hokies trouble, but didn’t finish the play. Not enough urgency in going after the loose ball.

7:52 p.m. — Hokies fans displaying their class in chanting “USA!” at Vasquez. I’m as patriotic as the next guy, but I’m not sure I like chanting that at a foreign-born player.

7:51 p.m. — Vasquez doesn’t get a lot of credit for his defense, but he’s doing an outstanding job on Delaney so far in this one.

Maryland is being very sloppy with the basketball over its last few possessions.

7:48 p.m. — Nice feed inside to Padgett from Hayes, and the freshman shows nice control in going up for the basket.

Maryland continues to struggle from the outside with only Mosley having any real success from the perimeter in the first half.

7:46 p.m. — Gregory just ERASED that shot. Unfortunately, Vasquez loses it on the other end.

7:45 p.m. — Two fouls apiece for Milbourne and Williams. Meanwhile, Allen has only one for the Hokies.

Not exactly what you envisioned heading into this one if you’re a Maryland fan.

7:42 p.m. — Think Jordan Williams was padding his stats there?

On the other end, J.T. Thompson scores and is fouled by Jordan Williams, his second.

We’ve reached the final media timeout of the first half with the Hokies leading the Terps, 28-25, with 3:50 remaining.

7:40 p.m. — Once again, Maryland is having serious issues rebounding the basketball. You can understand it against the Georgia Techs and the Clemsons of the conference, but there’s no excuse against Virginia Tech.

7:38 p.m. — Delaney drains the 3-pointer for his first field goal. Hopefully that doesn’t get him going.

The Terps fail to score on the other end, and Allen scores in the paint to take a 24-23 lead for Virginia Tech.

Timeout, Maryland.

7:34 p.m. — Why is Gregory shooting the ball two feet inside the 3-point line? Thankfully, Hayes scores on the second-chance opportunity.

We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with Maryland leading Virginia Tech, 21-19.

7:32 p.m. — Despite Allen’s reputation, there was clearly no intent there. Good non-call by the officiating crew.

Cliff Tucker with some very questionable decision-making in the early going tonight. Not sure why he passed up an open opportunity in the lane to dish it out to Gregory 15 feet from the basket.

7:28 p.m. — Hopefully the stinger to the neck/shoulder of Mosley is just a minor thing. You’d hate to see something serious, especially when he’s shooting the ball so well.

7:23 p.m. — When asked about his shooting slump after the Clemson game, Mosley said he didn’t think he was in a slump.

Whatever you wanted to call it, it’s clear he’s looking much better offensively.

Jordan Williams scores inside, plus the foul.

We’ve reached the second media timeout with the Terps leading the Hokies, 15-11.

7:21 p.m. — Those are the types of things Mosley does that are so invaluable yet do not show up on the stat sheet. Yes, he’s struggled offensively in conference play, but don’t underestimate his impact.

7:18 p.m. — Seeing Mosley hit some outside shots HAS to excite you as a Terps fan. If he can regain his early-season form from the perimeter, this team becomes that much more dangerous.

7:16 p.m. — We’ve reached the first media timeout with Maryland and Virginia Tech tied 8-8 with 15:24 remaining.

7:13 p.m. — Very nice step-around move by Davila to get by Jordan Wiliams. Don’t see that happen too often to the Maryland frosh.

Allen scores inside against Milbourne to give the Hokies a two-point edge.

7:11 p.m. — You think the Hokies fans dislike Vasquez or something?

Neither teams doing very much offensively in the first few minutes. The energy level has been there for both teams, however. I was curious to see how fast these teams started after a three-hour wait.

7:09 p.m. — I like seeing the Terps take the ball inside on their first few possessions. This team has clearly struggled with its perimeter shooting on the road this season.

Hayes continues to show an improved ability to take the ball to the basket, only improving his chances for open looks from the perimeter.

7:05 p.m. — The match-up between Delaney and Mosley—two Baltimore products that are very familiar with each other—will definitely be one to watch. Mosley did a nice job against his Charm City counterpart a year ago as the Terps earned the victory at Comcast Center.

6:57 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starters:

Maryland
G Eric Hayes
G Greivis Vasquez
G Sean Mosley
F Landon Milbourne
F Jordan Williams

Virginia Tech
G Malcolm Delaney
G Dorenzo Hudson
F Terrell Bell
F Jeff Allen
C Victor Davila

6:55 p.m. — In a contest already being labeled the Outhouse Game, it appears Maryland will finally tip off against Virginia Tech in the next 15 minutes. A water main break earlier this afternoon delayed the game by three hours and has disabled running water in the Cassell Coliseum bathrooms, forcing fans to use nearby facilities (That’s where the outhouse reference comes in. Clever, isn’t it?)

With the delay, I’m sure the Terps (20-7, 10-3 ACC) were able to follow North Carolina’s upset victory over Wake Forest, giving Maryland an opportunity to clinch the No. 2 seed in the ACC with a victory over the Hokies tonight.

On the other side, Virginia Tech (21-6, 8-5 ACC) has lost two in a row and currently sits 47th in the projected RPI, leaving the Hokies with work to do to secure a bid between now and Selection Sunday. The Hokies’ most recent loss came on Wednesday night, an inexplicable 80-60 loss at Boston College.

The Hokies are of course led by Baltimore product Malcolm Delaney who leads the ACC in scoring at 20.2 points per game and is among the top candidates—Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez included—for ACC Player of the year.

In addition to Delaney’s scoring prowess, Virginia Tech has two other players averaging double-digit scoring with Dorenzo Hudson (14.0) and Jeff Allen (11.3). Allen is a formidable threat in the paint, but has been unable to avoid foul trouble, averaging 3.6 fouls per contest.

Virginia Tech does not possess an imposing frontcourt, so it’s critical for Allen to stay on the floor to counteract the presence of Maryland freshman Jordan Williams.

With a delay of this nature, it’s difficult to say who really has the advantage, but Virginia Tech is clearly feeling more pressure at this point in the season, so three extra hours to think about consecutive losses to Duke and Boston College probably didn’t help its mental psyche. On the other hand, the Hokies are undefeated at Cassell Coliseum this season (when the bathrooms actually worked), so it’s clearly a very intimidating atmosphere for the Terps.

Tonight’s game will be televised on WNUV-TV 54 in Baltimore despite concerns that it would not due to the delay.

Stay with WNST.net throughout the game, and feel free to chime in with your thoughts on the Comments section at the bottom of the page. As always, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for thoughts from various WNST personalities throughout the evening.

6:00 p.m. — I just received the OFFICIAL word from the University of Maryland the game would be televised on WNUV-TV 54 in Baltimore at 7:00 p.m.

The game will also be shown on WDCA-TV in Washington.

5:37 p.m. — Despite more reported issues at Cassell Coliseum, the game will tip off at 7:00 p.m. Apparently the restrooms inside the building are not functioning, and fans will be allowed to use surrounding restrooms.

It’s a good thing there are so many outhouses in Blacksburg.

5:05 p.m. — According to Patrick Stevens (D1scourse), the start of tonight’s game has now been moved to 7:00 p.m. The water issues have been fixed according to Virginia Tech officials.

5:00 p.m. — In an effort to keep this blog going until the start of the game at 6:30, I thought I’d pass along this witty comment from our good buddy Rich.

No truth to the rumor that Tiger Woods was driving the beer truck that hit the fire hydrant outside Cassell Coliseum and caused the water main break.

4:23 p.m. — With the news of North Carolina upsetting Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, Maryland is now in a position to clinch no worse than the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament with a win over Virginia Tech tonight.

A couple weeks ago, Dino Gaudio’s Demon Deacons were looking quite possibly like the second-best team in the ACC, but a three-game losing streak—with the last two coming against the two worst teams in the conference—has dropped them to 8-6 in the conference.

4:05 p.m. — I just got off the phone with WNUV-TV 54 in Baltimore, and the network still plans to air the Maryland game despite the start being moved from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

That should be a major relief to anyone in the Baltimore area.

3:45 p.m. — Good afternoon, and thanks for joining me here on WNST.net to watch the Terps (20-7, 10-3 ACC) take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (21-6, 8-5 ACC) at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg.

The game was scheduled to tip off at 4:00 p.m. on Raycom (locally on WNUV-TV 54 in Baltimore), but a water main break at Cassell Coliseum has pushed the start to 6:30 p.m.

A Raycom Sports official said the game will still be telecast on the network, but it will be up to each individual affiliate as to whether it will carry the broadcast, according to a University of Maryland official.

We’ll be following this story in the coming hours.

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 26 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Friday!

It’s a Happy Friday for me because I got a text from a buddy last night that said “Tracy Morgan Jimmy Kimmel FTW.” For those of you that aren’t nearly as hip as I am (and I understand, trust me); “FTW” stands for “For The Win.” I’m really hip, so I knew that. And while the video clearly has way too much Jimmy Kimmel, I guess I could see it as being “For the win”…..

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And if you’re a Tracy Morgan fan (You’re American, right?), I recommend picking up this awesome T-Shirt taken from a quote his character (Tracy Jordan) made on “30 Rock”….

30rock

I can’t believe I’m not going to be able to see “Cop Out” until Tuesday….

Here’s what everyone has to say….

1. The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Terps have ‘something to prove’ tomorrow in Blacksburg

Which has been the case for the better part of the 2nd half of the season. There is a real danger that this game at Cassell Coliseum will be a trap game-with Duke headed to Comcast Center in 5 days with the chance to split the ACC regular season on the title potentially on the line. But for that to even be relevant, Maryland will have to top Seth Greenberg’s team first.

We all know that the Hokies work through Malcolm Delaney. Sean Mosley’s familiarity with Delaney paid off when Va Tech visited a season ago, helping the Terps get a win. I don’t have a GREAT feeling about this game tomorrow (which you can see on Raycom-WNUV 54 locally at 4pm), but it’s hard to pick against this team right now.

Maryland 77, Virginia Tech 71

2. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens says Terps have all but locked up NCAA Tournament berth

After reading Patrick Stevens’ comments on his own blog entry, I understand what he is trying to say. If they somehow lose their next 4 games (including a 1st round game in Greensboro)…AND all of the leagues with 1 at-large team don’t see that team win their conference tournament, the at-large pool might be too deep for a 20-11 Maryland team.

BUT….Patrick also points out that there’s NO WAY to think Maryland will lose their next 4 games. Which he’s absolutely right about.

3. WNST.net’s Bob Haynie doesn’t think Greivis Vasquez amongst Top 5 Terps of all time

3 of Bob’s 5 are ABSOLUTELY inarguable. Juan Dixon had the greatest career in Maryland basketball history. He’s on the list. Joe Smith and Len Bias were the greatest basketball players in Maryland history. They’re on the list. If Steve Francis had even played a second season, he might have joined Bias and Smith.

Beyond that, Bob went with Albert King and John Lucas. Both very reasonable choices. I probably would have gone with Len Elmore and Greivis Vasquez myself, but I obviously wasn’t able to follow the careers of King and Lucas as closely. Of course, maybe Bosey Berger should be on the list and it’s just a case of none of us knowing well enough.

The real question is how this guy didn’t make the list….

mccall

(Edit from GMC: I hope Calvin McCall never reads this. He actually ended up being a nice player.)

4. Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Maryland women hurt NCAA Tournament chances by losing at Boston College

Yeah, that basically means they have to reach at least the final of the ACC Tournament, if not win the ACC Championship. Brenda Frese’s team didn’t have much of a margin for error at the end of the season, even with tough trips to Durham and Chestnut Hill in the last 5 days.

The Terps wrap up the regular season Sunday at 3pm against Florida State, you can see the game on ESPN2.

5. Loyola Official Site previews tonight’s visit from Canisius at Reitz Arena

At this point, the Greyhounds can’t play their way into a first round bye in the MAAC Tournament, and appear doomed to a meeting with Siena even if they can win their opener. If nothing else, this weekend will be important for confidence building for Jimmy Patsos’ club, as they will need PLENTY of confidence to go up against the Saints in Albany.

You know what might help the Hounds? If they started spending more time in practice working on shooting like Stephen Curry. It would really open up defenses…

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6. Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Maryland-Georgetown amongst best games of lacrosse weekend

You can see the Terps’ trip to face the Hoyas live on WMAR 2 and ESPNU tomorrow at 2pm. This is a good early season gauge for Dave Cottle’s team, as their loss to Georgetown early last season at Ludwig Field set the tone for a season of disappointment in College Park. While not “the” rivalry game (which everyone knows is Hopkins), or really even in the Top 4 (Virginia, Duke and Navy come to mind), this is still an annual heated battle with tons of bad blood and some classic moments (the 2005 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal with Bill McGlone’s disallowed goal comes to mind).

Other local action this weekend includes Johns Hopkins-Siena (Sunday at noon from Homewood Field on ESPNU), Bucknell-Towson (Saturday 1pm Unitas Stadium), UMBC @ Rutgers (Sunday 3pm), Loyola @ Quinnipiac (Saturday 1pm live on AM1570 WNST) and Stevenson-Kean (Saturday 7pm Unitas Stadium).

7. ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Gregg Rosenthal says Anquan Boldin WILL be traded this offseason, ‘Baltimore tops the list’ of teams interested

Would I be interested in Anquan Boldin? Of course. But then again, I’m open minded like that. For example-believe it or not, I’d actually be interested in Oksana Kondakova if things don’t work out between her and Evgeni Malkin now that he’s been knocked out of the Olympics….

kondakova

Do I think the Ravens will make a play for Anquan Boldin? No. I get the feeling the asking price will probably be too high for a 6’1″ receiver with some durability issues. But would I approve of a trade for Boldin at a fair price? Um….YES. The Ravens need receivers, and Boldin is a capable one.

8. National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson says Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski has met with Ravens in Indianapolis

Which absolutely makes sense. The only issue will be whether or not the Ravens would be comfortable taking him at 25 (which might be a reach for a player who missed the ’09 season due to back surgery), if they had the ability to trade back a bit to take him, or if they thought he would fall to their pick in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft.

Those are big question marks. But there’s no doubt that Gronkowski fits the mold of what the Ravens are looking for.

9. The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Ravens have also talked TE’s Jimmy Graham (Miami), Aaron Hernandez (Florida) and Tony Moeaki (Iowa)

The joke is that Hall of Fame TE Ozzie Newsome is interested in taking a Tight End EVERY year in the Draft, but there’s NO DOUBT he’s interested in taking one this year. They need to add firepower offensively, and with Todd Heap unlikely to be in Charm City for more than the next couple of years, it is a position they need to address for the future.

Jimmy Graham is an intriguing prospect because he’s going to have to be a project. His hands needed some improvement during his only season with the ‘Canes, but you could see that he was improving, and he has a real chance to be able to translate his size and athleticism at the next level.

If you’re spending the weekend glued to NFL Network watching coverage, keep your eye on Oregon TE Ed Dickson, who I have a feeling might be on the Ravens’ radar. Also, keep your eye open for Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio and myself as we invade Indianapolis again (at least we don’t have to worry about taking a loss this time) this weekend.

10. Ravens Official Site’s Ryan Mink says team let deadline pass without using franchise or transition tags

Which isn’t really that surprising. I wondered at one point if the Ravens might consider using the tag on Sam Koch if only because there is no doubt another team with punter problems would think highly of him-but they obviously want to get a contract worked out with him. Derrick Mason was also a possibility, but it would make his price tag too high for the season.

11. Sporting News’ Clifton Brown expects Ravens to hold on to Derrick Mason, thinks team ‘could be interested’ in Dunta Robinson

SI’s Peter King was discussing this on Twitter yesterday, as he was sitting next to John Harbaugh on the flight to Indy for the NFL Scouting Combine. Dunta Robinson will OBVIOUSLY be a player the Ravens will consider/look at/talk to/etc., but he doesn’t come free.

Considering the other Free Agent corners on the market, Dunta Robinson is going to look like Jessica Gomes to most NFL teams (thanks Busted Coverage!)…

gomes

12. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Jake Arrieta ‘isn’t frustrated’ by having to wait for chance at major league level

Which means that he learned this year to say the right thing. He didn’t do that in Spring Training a season ago, and there’s almost no doubt in hurt him in the eyes of the O’s brass. Arrieta will get his shot-either when Brad Bergesen is sent to film another MASN commercial (Why is this dead horse sitting here anyway?), or when Andy MacPhail and company figure out a way to deal Kevin Millwood or Jeremy Guthrie before the Trade Deadline.

And finally, I leave you with this.

Scott Van Pelt has had a tough week on SportsCenter. First, ESPN was duped by Captain Janks (of Howard Stern Show fame) and a fake Brian Westbrook interview; and then last night he dropped an F-bomb after he thought his mic was off. (Barely audible language NSFW)….

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Which lead to this apology, which was EVEN MORE AWKWARD than the profanity…

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What’s next, he mispronounces Jasikevicius?

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 25 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Thursday!

It’s a Happy Thursday for me because Intern Super Jack said to me yesterday before we left the studios at 1550 Hart Rd. “Did you see the Vince Carter shot?”

Somehow, I had not. Now everyone will….

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I feel like if I tried long enough, I could throw the ball from that some spot and….get it to the opposite free throw line? Maybe?

Maybe not.

Let’s see what everyone has to say….

1. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Terps fought back from 15 points down to beat Clemson at Comcast Center

In a word, “gutty.”

What was interesting about last night’s game was that despite falling behind by 15, I never got the sense that the crowd in College Park (or those of us there covering the game) thought that the Terrapins were out of it-despite the struggles (related to a stomach bug) that Greivis Vasquez was going through, scoring just 2 points in the first half.

Of course, Greivis Vasquez found other ways to contribute (Thanks Mr. Irrelevant!)….

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2. The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps figuring out new ways to win games every time out

Which is the mark of a team that is built on senior leadership even if not overwhelming talent. I think it’s also the mark of good coaching, but then again-I’m just a Gary Williams apologist, right?

Maryland will have to keep figuring out new ways to win games down the stretch and into both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. It might not be Cliff Tucker hitting a miraculous shot or Sean Mosley coming to life-it might be a game where Landon Milbourne has to go off for 28 points. It might be a game where James Padgett has to play 25 minutes due to foul trouble for Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory.

Just count on Maryland needing to find new ways to win the rest of the way.

3. WNST.net’s Glenn Clark says Sean Mosley’s slump over with 20 point output in win over Tigers

Nothing makes me happier than when the idiots who say “Maryland is a DC school” have to watch a Baltimore kid (St. Frances) lead the way for the Terps. I guess as a reporter/columnist I’m not supposed to root for individual players, but no one has EVER accused me of being either “ethical” or “good”, so why should I start now?

Maryland returns to action Saturday at Virginia Tech (4pm-Raycom Sports-WNUV 54 locally), which sets up the Catholic League showdown between Mosley and the Hokies’ Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic), who was somehow left off the Naismith Award candidates list yesterday (Greivis Vasquez remained on the list) despite the fact that he is a legitimate candidate for ACC Player of the Year.

And how the hell did Virginia Tech get worked at Boston College last night? I’m not sure if that means the Eagles exposed Va Tech as pretenders, or if Seth Greenberg’s team will be especially amped to prove themselves Saturday in Blacksburg.

4. CSN Washington’s Chris Knoche says win ‘went a long way’ to ensuring Terps first round bye in ACC Tournament

With a win Saturday at Cassell Coliseum, Maryland will clinch that off day in Greensboro. That’s good news for me, as I only got my hotel room for Friday and Saturday night-and I’m not sure the WNST expense account can cover another night at the Hilton. I of course only stay at the Hilton, as I am a VERY big deal.

Getting a first round bye is a big deal, too. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to win 4 games in 4 days in an event like the ACC Tournament (although I believe Syracuse did it in the Big East Tournament recently), but with a first round bye the Terps would have to be considered a favorite to at least REACH the ACC Championship Game, where they might end up with a rematch of that 2004 Title Game…..

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5. The AP says Chris De La Rosa scored 23 as UMBC blew out New Hampshire on road

Well, don’t I feel dumb….

Congratulations to Randy Monroe and the Retrievers, as this was a great win for them last night. I’m not sure it means they can advance at all in the America East Tournament, but they’ll at least have some confidence. They’re off this weekend before getting things underway in Hartford next week.

6. Towson Official Site says Tigers stunned William & Mary in CAA action in Williamsburg

Once again…..I feel dumb.

A great win for Pat Kennedy’s Tigers, they now have a date with Delaware Saturday at Towson Center before they head to Richmond for the CAA Tournament.

Of course, this is a “good news bad news” situation for CAA fans in the area, as they got a stunning win from Towson last night-but the Tribe loss means they are COMPLETELY out of the discussion for an at large berth come Selection Sunday. If Old Dominion wins the Tournament, that will be a 1 bid league.

7. Maryland Official Site previews womens basketball’s visit to Boston College tonight

And as I’ve said before, Brenda Frese’s team absolutely MUST win out for any shot at an NCAA Tournament at large bid, and they’ll probably still need to make some noise in the ACC Tournament. The Terps were 72-65 winners when the teams first met, but BC has played MUCH better basketball since then, including wins over Duke and North Carolina. This will be tough for the Terps in Chestnut Hill…

8. Navy Official Site previews tonight’s lacrosse showdown in Annapolis with North Carolina on CBS College Sports

Some great lax action tonight at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, as the Midshipmen are trying to bounce back from their loss to Loyola Saturday against a Tar Heels team that has won their first 3 to open the season.

UNC of course has a bit of an unfair advantage due to this…..

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I bet she’s been watching a lot of the Olympics…

9. The Towerlight’s Kevin Hess says bill forcing Maryland to play Towson, Morgan State in football ‘unlikely to pass’ thanks to lack of support from Mike Hermann

Good for Mike Hermann. Not only is it silly for a government official to try to influence college football scheduling, but he deserves to be called out for the silliness. Maryland has both Morgan State and Towson on the schedule in the next 4 years, and they want to keep scheduling them (as well as Navy) for regional purposes. They also want to schedule West Virginia, Pitt, Rutgers, Villanova, Delaware, William & Mary and other teams in the region that they might be going up against for recruits.

No team should be pigeon-holed into HAVING to play certain schools. On the flip side, Towson and Morgan shouldn’t be FORCED to play Maryland either. Morgan can get more money from a trip to Rutgers than a trip to Maryland, and since the entire University system gets funding from Maryland athletics, all of the programs are actually making money no matter WHO Maryland plays.

And for Mike Hermann, should Rob Ambrose turn things around in the next couple years for the Tigers-they shouldn’t be forced to have to schedule a Maryland team (that we assume) would be an almost impossible victory every year-last season not withstanding. If the Tigers would prefer to play a D1 team they might have a better chance at beating (say….Kent State?), they should be able to do that.

10. The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Chris Tillman had ‘very positive’ bullpen session yesterday

Which is a good sign. If Tillman is going to lock up the 5th spot in the rotation instead of heading back to Norfolk, he has to be able to actually pitch in Sarasota.

Of course, the next step is to pitch well. Hopefully that’s coming.

11. SI’s Jon Heyman says Orioles skipper Dave Trembley ‘on hot seat’

That’s obvious. Fair or not, the O’s HAVE to improve in the win-loss department for Trembley to feel comfortable about returning in 2011.

If he wants to make a splash, I say he channels “The Hangover” for his pre-game speech on Opening Day….

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(Edit from GMC: Was this just an excuse for me to work in a “How bout that ride in? I guess that’s why they call it Sin City” reference? Yes, yes it was. I also made it my Facebook status. And I think I said it to Intern Super Jack about 50 times this morning. I didn’t get much sleep last night…)

12. ESPN.com says former Browns GM Kokinis expected to rejoin Ravens’ personnel department

Sort of a no-brainer. Kokinis was very successful in Baltimore, and should be able to return without much of a power struggle. There is a real question as to whether Eric DeCosta is waiting for Ozzie Newsome to retire or whether he will pursue GM openings in the future, but having Kokinis back in the picture helps the Ravens with their personnel system entirely.

And finally, I leave you with this.

I received one of the most important e-mails of my entire life yesterday. How is it even a LITTLE BIT POSSIBLE that I didn’t know today….

IS NATIONAL CHILI DAY!!!!!

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As I said about the “HoagieFest” event a certain establishment held last year, this is more significant than Christmas!

My first thought is to drive down to College Park to stop by Hard Times Cafe (where I’ve heard a rumor they’re giving away free chili today to celebrate), and indulge in their Chili Mac-which helped me survive many tough nights in College Park….

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I’ve also thought about driving all the way down to the District of Columbia, as there are few places to celebrate chili like you can at Ben’s Chili Bowl….

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BUT…..I would like to celebrate this wonderful day here in Charm City if possible. SO….I put it to you….the fine reader (is there more than one? I think my dad pokes at this every now and then) of “Crabs and Beer” to direct me to the best chili in town.

This is a lot of responsibility for you guys. Frankly, I don’t think you can handle it. But I’m willing to give you a shot. Please don’t let me down.

As a note, I would prefer a place that both serves chili AND has great beer. Again, I’m not asking for much.

Talk to you later.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…..

-G

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Virginia Tech, Taylor too much for Terps

Posted on 14 November 2009 by Luke Jones

Ralph Friedgen had to fight back the tears.

It’s been a miserable 2-8 season for the Maryland Terrapins, and their leader choked up when asked what long-time friend Frank Beamer said to him after Virginia Tech blew out Maryland, 36-9, at Byrd Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“He knows what I’m going through,” Friedgen said in reference to the Terrapins’ difficult season.

Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for 268 yards and three touchdown passes and also ran for 91 yards, as the Maryland defense had no answer for the Virginia Tech offense. The Hokies were 5 for 7 on third-down conversions in the first half as they jumped out to a 27-3 halftime lead.

Star running back Ryan Williams rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown as the Terps allowed 216 yards on the ground and 484 total yards for the game.

“We missed so many tackles and they went for a lot of big plays,” Friedgen said. “We haven’t been doing that.”

The poor tackling was never more apparent than during Taylor’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Boykins to make it a 27-3 deficit. Safety Jamari McCollough had a clear chance to bring the receiver down but could not as Boykins sprinted away.

It was an afternoon of ineptitude in all phases of the game.

The Maryland offense gained 236 yards, with much of it coming on the legs of quarterback Jamarr Robinson, who was filling in for the injured starter Chris Turner. Robinson rushed for a game-high 129 yards on 24 carries but passed for only 104 yards and was 12 for 32.

“His throwing game has to get better,” Friedgen said. “He made some throws people couldn’t make plays on that would have helped. I don’t think he sees things as well as he needs to and that has to improve. Overall, [his play] was okay.”

Maryland had two drives inside the Virginia Tech 25-yard line that produced zero points after a missed field goal late in the first half and a failed fourth-down conversion in the third quarter.

“It was very frustrating,” Robinson said. “I felt like we were moving the ball fairly well, but we just couldn’t get it into the end zone.”

The sophomore quarterback was pressured repeatedly throughout the afternoon, forcing him to leave the pocket and try to make plays with his feet. The Tech defense sacked Robinson four times in the first half and six times overall.

“I thought we protected a lot better in the second half,” center Phil Costa said. “We did throw the ball a lot today, and in the first half, we had a few miscues and missed assignments.”

Friedgen reiterated after the game how much affection he has for his players despite experiencing such a terrible season, citing how much time he spends with many players outside of football-related activities.

The head coach and several players also reiterated the importance of finishing this season strong as they look ahead to improving in the offseason and for next year.

“There is a gap right now,” Friedgen said. “One of the things I’m hoping will change it is when some of our younger guys mature and grow up. That’s the biggest area we have to work on and we still have to go out and recruit. We have to find players that want to be successful here at Maryland.”

- Safety Kenny Tate suffered a high ankle sprain and is likely to miss the final two games of the season, according to Friedgen.

“Losing Kenny is a big loss for us.”

Punter Travis Baltz broke a finger in Saturday’s game and will need surgery on it, according to the head coach. He is also expected to miss the rest of the season.

Kicker Nick Ferrara handled the punting duties after Baltz left the game and would presumably punt in the Terps’ final two games.

- Robinson’s 129 rushing yards marked the first time a Maryland quarterback ran for 100 yards since Shaun Hill had 105 on 11 carries against Duke in 2001.

Robinson had 233 individual total yards of offense with Maryland finishing with 236 team yards of offense.

- Torrey Smith entered the game needing just 35 all-purpose yards to break Lamont Jordan’s single-season all-purpose mark of 1,840 set in 1999. The receiver and kick returner eclipsed the mark with his second reception of the afternoon.

Smith also passed the 1,000-yard mark in career receiving yards after catching four passes for 55 yards in Saturday’s loss.

- Safety Terrell Skinner set a new career-high in tackles with 13. His previous high was 11 tackles against the Hokies in 2008.

- Maryland scored its second defensive touchdown in two weeks when Jared Harrell recovered a fumble in the end zone after McCollough sacked Taylor and knocked the ball free.

It was the first fumble return for a touchdown since Josh Wilson returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown against Wake Forest in 2005.

- Maryland did not turn the ball over despite the lopsided defeat to the Hokies. The Terps’ turnover differential stands at minus-9 for the season.

Check out the game’s box score here and the live blog below. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for updates on the Terps, Ravens, Orioles, and other local sports everyday.

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4:06 p.m. — Virginia Tech takes a couple of kneel-downs, and this one is in the books.

Final score: Virginia Tech 36, Maryland 9.

Back with your post-game recap in a little while.

Hang in there, Terps fans. Basketball season is here.

4:04 p.m. — After the punt, Maryland takes over at its own 16 with less than two minutes to go.

Robinson just completed a pass to Gary Douglas—for a loss of three on the play.

He then throws incomplete to Douglas in the other direction.

On 3rd-and-13, Robinson feels the pressure AGAIN (and again and again today) and throws incomplete.

Maryland will punt with 1:11 to go.

Thankfully, this one is almost over.

3:59 p.m. — We’re under four minutes to go, and Ju-Ju Clayton is in at quarterback for the Hokies.

Just winding this one down.

3:56 p.m. — Robinson has looked good showing off his legs, but he’s struggled in the passing game. He’s only 11 for 29 for 107 yards.

Robinson is the first Maryland quarterback to rush for 100 yards since Shaun Hill did it against Duke on Oct. 20, 2001.

3:51 p.m. — On 3rd-and-9, David Wilson carries for a short gain, making if fourth down.

Beamer instructs Taylor to allow the play clock to wind down before calling timeout.

Waldron’s 33-yard attempt is good.

The Hokies lead, 36-9, with 5:52 remaining in the game.

3:48 p.m. — Taylor just found a wide-open Sam Wheeler on 3rd-and-6 to move the chains and advance the Hokies to the Maryland 19-yard line.

Moten just leveled the ball carrier Oglesby on the next play for no gain.

3:45 p.m. — Wujciak forces a fumble, but the ball squirted right back to Taylor who carries it all the way down to the 39-yard line.

That’s just the way it’s been for the Terps today.

3:43 p.m. — It’s the first time the Terps have returned a fumble for a touchdown (even though Harrell only fell on the ball in the end zone) since Josh Wilson did it against Wake Forest on Sept. 24, 2005.

3:41 p.m. — Taylor fumbles at the goal line, and it’s recovered by Jared Harrell in the end zone for a touchdown! And it’s that easy to score!

McCollough is credited with a sack on the play for the Terps.

The Terps elect to go for two points, but Robinson’s pass to Cannon is incomplete.

Virginia Tech leads Maryland, 33-9 with 11:25 to go.

3:40 p.m. — Today’s attendance is 51,514, many of them Virginia Tech fans.

3:39 p.m. — The videoboard is currently showing the Game Rewind. I’d rather see the Game Erased.

Absolutely brutal showing today.

3:37 p.m. — Despite being up by 30 points, you have to think Beamer is unhappy with his defense’s inability to stop Robinson. It’s the only thing the Terps have been able to do all day, so they know it’s coming, but the Hokies have been unable to stop him.

Robinson is sacked on a 3rd-and-13 play, pushing the Terps back into their own territory and ending the drive. Ferrara will punt.

3:34 p.m. — Robinson throws a long incompletion intended for Dorsey. He easily threw that ball 65-70 yards in the air. The problem is Dorsey was only 55 yards away from him.

Robinson has 20 carries for 120 yards after running for another first down on the next play.

3:32 p.m. — Both Terps and Hokies fans are making their way to the exits, and you cannot blame them. This one was over a long time ago.

Even when the Terps have been able to move the ball on a couple drives, they still weren’t able to come away with points.

Not much else to say other than Virginia Tech is obviously a much better football team.

3:30 p.m. — On 3rd-and-6, Williams is stopped by Jamari McCollough for a loss of one.

Waldron comes on to attempt the 28-yard field goal, and the kick is good.

Tech leads 33-3.

3:27 p.m. — Taylor with a big gain running to the right all the way to the 14. Perez finally brings him down.

After Williams slips for a one-yard loss on first down, he carries again inside for a gain of five, making it 3rd-and-6.

We’ve reached the end of the third quarter.

Virginia Tech 30, Maryland 3

3:25 p.m. — Skinner just made a touchdown-saving tackle on Ryan Williams. However, it’s still a huge gain all the way down to the Terps’ 34-yard line.

Williams now has 120 yards on the day.

3:23 p.m. — Cam Chism almost picked off a pass from Tyrod Taylor, but the ball appeared to have hit the ground. However, the play will be reviewed upstairs.

The play stands as called on the field.

3:20 p.m. — Smith takes the kickoff, but Alonzo Tweedy brings him down right at the 20.

Robinson tries to throw a deep out to Cannon and is NEARLY intercepted. That ball needs to come out quicker for that pattern.

The quarterback runs left on second down with Cannon providing a major block. However, it’s only a gain of three yards.

On 3rd-and-7, the Terps apparently were trying to set up the screen, but it looks like 30 defenders were after Robinson on that one. Incomplete pass, and the Terps will punt.

3:16 p.m. — Williams carries the ball on 2nd-and-goal and picks up three yards before Wujciak makes the stop for the Terps.

On 3rd-and-goal, Taylor overthrows Danny Coale and Tech will settle for a field goal attempt.

Waldron’s 21-yard attempt is good.

Virginia Tech leads Maryland, 30-3.

The drive covers 9 plays, 83 yards, and 3:31.

3:14 p.m. — On 3rd-and-1 from the Terps’ 37, Williams runs right for 14 yards, moving the chains for the Hokies.

Williams runs into a wall of defenders on first down but breaks free for a gain of 13 before Chism finally chases him down. You have to wrap up a talented back like Williams. Poor effort there.

3:12 p.m. — Roberts makes the catch on the deep ball on first down with Trenton Hughes failing to adjust to the ball.

Injury Updates: Kenny Tate sustained an injury to his ankle and will not return. Travis Baltz is out with an injured hand. His return is questionable.

3:10 p.m. — After two straight completions to Smith, Robinson eludes a couple defenders and runs left to the 18-yard line. Another first down for Maryland.

The quarterback has 18 carries for 101 yards. What a day for the sophomore!

Robinson’s first-down pass is batted down, but he completes his next throw to Williams for a gain of five yards.

On a big 3rd-and-5, Robinson throws a fade to Cannon, but it’s incomplete.

The Terps will go for it, and why shouldn’t they being down by 24 points in the third quarter?

The Hokies fans come alive on fourth down.

The Terps run the same fade route to Torrey Smith this time, but the speedster cannot hold onto the ball. Incomplete, and Tech will take over.

The Terps have moved the ball well on two of their last three drives (including the last drive of the first half) but have no points to show for their work.

3:05 p.m. — After the punt, Maryland begins its next drive on its own 17. Robinson takes the shotgun snap and runs left for a gain of 18 yards.

The more I watch Robinson play—and run—the more convinced I am that the Terps need to SERIOUSLY consider running the option in 2010. Not only because of Robinson’s athleticism but also due to the lack of talent on the offensive line.

3:02 p.m. — Roberts gets the ball for Tech on the end-around, but Cam Chism trips him up for a 5-yard loss. Nice play by the young defensive back.

After an incompletion on second down, Taylor works from the shotgun and is tripped up by Adrian Moten (or one of the Tech linemen). Moten gets credit for the sack, and the Hokies will punt.

Nice defensive series by the Terps to start the second half.

3:00 p.m. — Williams carries for four yards on first down, as the Byrd crowd gives some of the veterans in attendance a huge ovation as they walk off the field.

On second down, Williams carries for no gain. The star running back rushed 11 times for 51 yards in the first half.

On third down, Taylor finds a wide-open Greg Boone over the middle for an 11-yard gain and a first down.

2:57 p.m. — We’re ready for the start of the second half, and Smith finally gets a kick but stumbles as he crosses the 20-yard line. He’s down at the 22, and the Terps will begin their first drive of the second half.

The Terps run a reverse to Devonte Campbell who is absolutely crushed by Kam Chancellor. Wow.

On 2nd-and-7, Meggett gets the carry and picks up two yards.

Needing five yards to move the chains, Robinson comes out in the shotgun with five-wide. He keeps it, but the Tech defense is waiting for him. Cody Grimm makes the tackle after a two-yard loss.

Ferrara is still punting as Baltz remains out.

Hosley returns the punt to the Hokies’ 41-yard line.

2:33 p.m. — On 3rd-and-3, Robinson runs again and is down to the 14-yard line. It’s another first down with 33 seconds remaining in the half.

You have to credit the kid’s courage after being pressured all day.

On first down, Robinson throws to the end zone to Smith who looked to be interfered with by Stephan Virgil but no call.

And of course, Robinson is sacked by Nekos Brown on the next play.

The Terps have to clock it with 7 seconds remaining, setting up a 39-yard field goal for Ferrara.

The kick is no good.

A very promising drive with nothing to show for it. VERY disappointing.

A kneel-down by Taylor will send us into halftime.

Virginia Tech in complete control, as the Hokies lead the Terps, 27-3.

2:28 p.m. — Robinson throws complete to tight end Lansford Watson for seven yards on first down.

The Terps take their final timeout of the half with 47 seconds remaining. If Maryland can somehow manage to score a touchdown here, 27-10 would not look too disastrous considering how bad this half has gone.

After the timeout, Robinson is hit as he throws and the pass is nearly picked off by Jason Worilds.

2:27 p.m. — Meggett carries inside and barely makes it out of the end zone. This offensive line just cannot do anything in either the running game or pass protection.

Just horrible.

Robinson finds Torrey Smith who shakes a couple of tackles and sprints all the way up to the 22, giving the Terps some badly-needed breathing room.

2:30 to go in this one.

Robinson runs right for a small gain of two yards.

He then tries to find Smith on the next play, but the pass is incomplete.

On 3rd-and-8, Robinson is pressured again, but he breaks free and runs all the way to the Tech 48. Very nice moves from the sophomore quarterback on that one.

Maryland is now in the hurry-up, as Robinson completes a 6-yard pass to Cory Jackson. He then nearly throws an interception trying to force one into double coverage.

On 3rd-and-4, Robinson runs left as the blitz came from the right and he’ll have the first down after a gain of nine.

2:22 p.m. — On a 3rd-and-10 from the Maryland 37, Taylor slings one intended for Davis, but it’s nearly intercepted by Antwine Perez.

It will be fourth down, and Bowden will punt. The punt is downed at the 1.

Oh, boy.

2:20 p.m. — Tech is averaging just over 9 yards per play. Astonishing.

Josh Oglesby gets the carry for the Hokies and runs right for no gain after being tackled by Hartsfield and Skinner.

He carries again inside for a short gain. Derek Drummond makes the play for the Terps.

On 3rd-and-7, Taylor connects with Marcus Davis for a first-down completion and 15 yards.

Richard Taylor is shaken up on the play. If the Terps keeps losing defensive backs, I might be getting the call to go into the game. My 40 time isn’t quite what it used to be, however.

2:16 p.m. — Not much to say about this one. Not enough offense or defense so far.

Maryland starts the drive at its own 20, and Robinson FINALLY gets the ball to Smith for 18 yards and a first down. It’s about time.

Robinson throws incomplete to LaQuan Williams on the next play.

He’s then sacked by Jake Johnson on second down.

On 3rd-and-14, Robinson cannot find anyone and carries for no gain. The Terps will punt.

The Terps are completely over-matched in this one.

2:11 p.m. — After the Ferrara punt, Tech takes over at its own 36. Taylor throws over the middle to Jarret Boykin. Jamari McCollough blows the tackle, and he’s gone for a 64-yard touchdown.

This is getting out of hand.

Virginia Tech 27, Maryland 3

2:08 p.m. — Meggett carries on first down for no gain on the play. The running game has been nonexistent today with the exception of a 14-yard pickup by Robinson.

As I type that, Robinson carries to the right for 11 yards and a first down for the Terrapins. The reverse jinx works again!

On first down, R.J. Dill is flagged for the false start. The right tackle had a really tough game last week.

Now, 1st-and-15, Tech brings Davon Morgan on the blitz from the rover position, but Robinson avoids the pressure and is able to gain a yard on the play. Could have been much worse.

On 2nd-and-14, Robinson throws a hitch to Cannon who shakes off a defender and picks up 12 yards, setting up a third and short situation for the Terps.

Need to convert this one.

On 3rd-and-2, Robinson runs left and is short of the first down. No gain on the play.

Ferrara is in to punt, not Travis Baltz. Not sure if there’s been an injury to the Terps’ regular punter, but we’ll try to find out.

2:03 p.m. — We’ve seen two strange special teams plays in the last two minutes. Justin Myer was set to kick off and the ball fell off the tee right before he kicked it.

It came out looking like an onside kick, but the play was blown dead.

On the second attempt, Bonato catches it in the end zone for a touchback. It’s clear that Beamer Ball wants NO part of Torrey Smith in the return game.

2:00 p.m. — Williams carries up the middle and hits a wall of Terrapins. No gain on the play.

Tech runs a wide receiver screen to Dyrell Roberts for a 10-yard touchdown.

I didn’t catch the number of the receiver that threw the great block (Danny Coale?), but it was the key to that play as Roberts was able to walk into the end zone after that.

However, the holder Brent Bowden drops the snap, and the extra point is no good.

Tech now leads Maryland, 20-3.

The drive covers 8 plays, 56 yards, and 3:11.

The offense HAS to get it going on this drive. 21 yards of offense in the first quarter is unacceptable.

1:58 p.m. — Tom DeJoseph confirms the ruling of a catch, and Virginia Tech will have a first down at the 10-yard line.

Though we didn’t get too many looks at the replay here in the press box, it looked to be the correct call to me. You can’t blame Ralph for trying to overturn that one. Maryland is in danger of falling behind by three possessions if the defense cannot make a stop here.

1:56 p.m. — Tate is unable to put any weight on his right leg as he’s helped off the field. It would be a major blow to the secondary’s depth to lose the sophomore safety.

On first down, Tech runs an unbalanced line to the right with Williams running left for a short gain. However, there’s a flag on the play and Tech is guilty of holding.

On 1st-and-20, Taylor throws to Marcus Davis who forgets to actually catch the ball before he runs with it. Incomplete.

Williams catches the screen pass on second down who immediately runs in the opposite direction of his blockers for a gain of only three.

Taylor drops to pass on third down and then rolls right before finding Jarrett Boykin on the near sideline for a first down. It’s a gain of 24 yards, but Friedgen is challenging the catch, saying the receiver did not get his feet down before going out of bounds.

1:51 p.m. — Ferrara’s kick is a short one to David Wilson who nearly breaks free at the 40-yard line before the kicker brings him down at the Tech 44.

Williams carries on first down but is stretched outside and brought down by Wujciak after only a gain of one.

On 2nd-and-9, Taylor is nearly sacked by A.J. Francis, but he fakes out the defensive tackle and runs free for 10 yards, giving the Hokies a first down.

Taylor runs the option to perfection on the next play and picks up 17 yards. Kenny Tate is down on the play.

1:47 p.m. — As we start the second quarter, Ferrara will attempt a 36-yard field goal to try to get the Terps on the board.

The kick is good, and Maryland comes away with 3 points.

The drive covers 9 plays, 40 yards, and 4:53.

Tech leads Maryland, 14-3.

1:44 p.m. — On 3rd-and-5, Robinson hits Kevin Dorsey on the slant for 13 yards a first down. That one will definitely help the young quarterback’s confidence.

Maryland is down to the Tech 27. Robinson throws to the end zone to Torrey Smith, but it’s overthrown. HOWEVER, there’s a flag on the play. Kam Chancellor is flagged for pass interference. It will be a 15-yard penalty, moving the ball to the Tech 12.

On first down, Robinson is brought down by a blitzing Rashad Carmichael for a loss of seven yards. It looked like the quarterback was running a naked bootleg to the right—in the direction of the blitzing defensive back.

After a two-yard gain on second down, Robinson cannot find anyone downfield on third down and is sacked by Chris Drager for a loss of one, making it 4th-and-16 from the 18.

1:39 p.m. — On 2nd-and-11, Robinson drops to pass but sees a wide-open running lane in the middle of the field for 14 yards and a first down.

It’s Maryland’s first first down of the day with 3:00 remaining in the first.

Robinson fumbles the snap but then recovers for a gain of two. That worked out nicely.

On 2nd-and-8, Robinson completes to Galt on the quick out pattern for a gain of three yards. It’s Robinson’s first completion of the day.

Needing five yards for a first down, Robinson calls for a timeout.

1:36 p.m. — Beamer clearly received the memo about Torrey Smith as the Hokies squib it. The kick is fielded by Tommy Galt, and he takes it to the Maryland 42.

On first down, Porzel is gobbled up in the backfield by Barquell Rivers. The linebacker was almost there for the handoff. It’s a loss of 6 yards.

Porzel carries left on the next play for a few yards, but there’s a flag on the play. Virginia Tech is flagged for offsides, giving the Terps five yards and a 2nd-and-11 play.

1:34 p.m. — Robinson is 0 for 4 passing so far in this one. He’s clearly nervous, but the sophomore needs to settle down quickly. Getting the running game going would also be a major help.

Taylor scrambles left on first down and throws behind Boykins, and it’s incomplete.

On second down, Taylor fakes the hand-off and finds a huge hole off left tackle for a 12-yard pickup and a first down.

Williams gets the carry on first down, putting a RIDICULOUS move on Antwine Perez and nearly breaking it for a touchdown. He’s down to the Maryland 33 before finally being tackled.

Two plays later, Taylor throws complete to Dyrell Roberts with Anthony Wiseman ALL OVER him (pass interference?). It will be 1st-and-goal for the Hokies at the Terps’ 4.

After a one-yard gain, Taylor has a WIDE-OPEN Jefferson in the end zone, but the quarterback throws too low.

On 3rd-and-goal, Taylor finds tight end Andre Smith for the touchdown. Good initial coverage in the defensive backfield, but not enough pressure on Taylor.

Matt Waldron’s extra point is good.

The drive covers 8 plays, 72 yards, and 2:39.

Tech leads the Terps, 14-0, with 4:55 remaining in the first.

Maryland needs something positive out of this drive, or this one could turn ugly very quickly.

1:26 p.m. — Davin Meggett carries for only a yard on first down. The Terps MUST get the ground game going if they want to have a chance in this one.

On second down, Robinson throws incomplete to Kerry Boykins. It wasn’t a perfect pass but was certainly catchable.

The Terps run three-wide on third down, and Robinson throws low and incomplete to Adrian Cannon on the near sideline.

Another punt for Baltz, and Hosley returns all the way down to the Maryland 31, BUT there is a flag on the play.

This one’s coming back. Illegal block in the back on Tech’s Xavier Boyce.

The Hokies will start the drive all the way back at their own 28.

1:23 p.m. — Williams carries for no gain on first down, as he’s wrestled to the ground by Demetrius Hartsfield.

On second down, Taylor’s pass is batted down at the line of scrimmage.

Facing a 3rd-and-10, Taylor works from the gun and overthrowns Xavier Boyce coming underneath.

Three-and-out is just what Ralph Friedgen needed there.

Tony Logan calls for the fair catch at his own 21. Let’s see what Robinson can do on his second drive today.

1:19 p.m. — Dan Bonato takes the kick and returns all the way to the Maryland 38-yard line. Nice return by the up-man.

Robinson works from the shotgun on first down and runs right for a gain of one. Tech has to be expecting the young quarterback to keep it quite a bit today.

On second down, Robinson tries to throw out in the flat to Caleb Porzel but the pass is a bit foo far out in front and the back is BLOWN UP by the Hokie defender.

On 3rd-and-9, Robinson tries to throw deep to Smith, but it’s incomplete. Not a bad throw, but Smith only gets one hand on the ball. Looks like it could have been a completion.

Travis Baltz punts, and Jayron Hosley returns it to his own 38-yard line. Baltz saved the touchdown by holding him up and allowing the rest of the Maryland coverage unit to catch up to him.

Not a good start for the Terps today.

1:13 p.m. — The stadium has pretty much filled up with the exception of a large gap in the student section.

Obviously, it’s been a tough 2-7 season, but you’d like to see more support from the students.

1:12 p.m. — After the review, referee Tom DeJoseph informs us Boykin was actually down at the 1. It’s a 30-yard completion.

On 1st-and-goal, Williams runs in for the touchdown.

The drive covers 10 plays, 71 yards, and 4:07.

Tech 7, Maryland 0

1:09 p.m. — Jarrett Boykin beats Cam Chism for the 31-yard touchdown catch, but they will review it. Chism looked back for the ball but lost track of his man on the play.

He was right there, but you have to make a play on the ball.

1:08 p.m. — Williams carries for four yards on first down but finds a seam for five yards on the next play, setting up a 3rd-and-1.

Williams runs right as the Maryland defense forces him outside, but he’s able to pick up the first.

Tech in Maryland territory now.

Coale catches another pass down the middle of the field with Cam Chism covering. It’s a 16-yard gain and a first.

Tech making it look fairly easy so far on this drive.

1:04 p.m. — Taylor rolls out to the right, hesitates and is tackled by Alex Wujciak for a two-yard loss. Good start for the Terps.

However, on the next play, Ryan Williams carries right for a gain of eight. Wujciak and Terrell Skinner make the stop.

On 3rd-and-4, Taylor hits a wide-open Danny Coale for seven yards and a first down.

1:03 p.m. — Nick Ferrara kicks off to David Wilson who returns to the Tech 29-yard line.

We’ll get our first look at Tyrod Taylor and the Hokies offense.

1:00 p.m. — Maryland wins the toss but elects to defer to the second half.

Virginia Tech will receive to begin the game.

12:59 p.m. — The Tech fans are definitely here and definitely loud. I wouldn’t call it a takeover of Red Sox or Yankee proportions at Camden Yards, but it’s still disappointing.

12:54 p.m. — Definitely strange to see the Hokies wearing all white. Can’t say I’m a big fan of the look.

Maryland’s camo uniforms (desert camo sleeves and numbers with black jerseys and pants) are really sharp.

12:48 p.m. — Just a few other notes to pass along as we wait for kickoff.

* Maryland will attempt to snap a four-game losing streak to the Hokies.

* Virginia Tech enters the game with one of the top running offenses in the nation. Tech averages 195.8 yards per game, rankings 21st in the nation and second in the conference.

The Maryland defense, however, is the best run defense in the ACC, allowing just 92.4 yards a contest and 2.6 yards per carry in five league games.

12:40 p.m. — We have a VERY late-arriving crowd considering this one is a sellout and we’re only 20 minutes away from kickoff.

Walking around campus, it’s painfully obvious there is a large contingency from Blacksburg that made the trip for this one.

12:38 p.m. — Fullback Cory Jackson will carry the American flag on the field today, and linebacker Drew Gloster (Germantown) will bring the Maryland flag.

12:35 p.m. — Perhaps the biggest bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for the Terps has been the play of receiver/kick returner Torrey Smith.

Smith needs only 34 receiving yards to reach 1,000 in his career, 35 all-purpose yards to break the school’s single-season record set by Lamont Jordan in 1999. The sophomore receiver currently has 1,806 all-purpose yards.

Even more impressively, Smith needs only 249 all-purpose yards to break the single-season league record set by former Virginia running back Thomas Jones (2,054).

12:31 p.m. — If you’re one of the lucky ones to be watching today’s game on ESPN360, you’ll notice the Maryland players’ last names will look a little different.

Each player’s last name has been replaced with aa core value embellishment — Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Country, and Service. Again, Maryland Athletics and Under Armour have partnered with the Wounded Warriors Project, a not-for-profit organization that provides services for injured service members and their families.

The jerseys are black and desert camouflaged that feature the organization’s logo.

12:28 p.m. — We just received official word in the press box that Chris Turner is officially out for today’s game. Jamarr Robinson will make his first career start in his place.

Turner had started 29 of the last 30 games and 21 in a row.

12:26 p.m. — Today marks the 30th meeting between Maryland and Tech in a series that dates back to 1919. The Terps hold a 15-14 advantage.

Maryland will have retribution on its mind this afternoon after visiting Blacksburg in a Thursday night game last season and being shredded by Darren Evans for 253 yards and losing 23-13.

The good news for the Terps is Evans is out for the season with a torn ACL. The bad news? The man who replaced Evans—Ryan Williams—leads the ACC in rushing and is ninth nationally with 1,109 yards in nine games.

12:17 p.m. — The biggest storyline entering today’s game for the Terps will be the man lining up behind center. Senior starter Chris Turner is doubtful for today’s game after injuring his knee last week in the loss to NC State.

Assuming Turner cannot go in this one, sophomore Jamarr Robinson would make his first career start. Robinson led the Terps in rushing with 38 yards last week after entering the game late in the first half but was only 5 of 11 for 27 yards in the passing game.

With the Terps’ inexperienced—and ineffective—starting line, Robinson will need to use his athleticism to avoid the pass rush and get rid of the ball quickly. I expect Maryland to come out running the ball today with Davin Meggett and Caleb Porzel leading the way.

12:13 p.m. — Good afternoon from Byrd Stadium in College Park as we get set to watch the Maryland Terrapins take on the Virginia Tech Hokies.

It’s been a difficult season for the Terps as they play out the string with a 2-7 record and no hope for a bowl game. For the Hokies, it’s been a disappointing season on a different scope as they entered the season ranked No. 7 in the country but sit tied for third in the Coastal Division of the ACC and are currently No. 20 in the AP Poll.

Maryland will don special camouflage uniforms this afternoon to support the Wounded Warrior Project. On the flip side, Tech is dressed in all white (including white helmets) as a part of Nike’s Pro Combat line.

Today’s game will only be streamed on ESPN360 with Dave Weekley Rose and Danny Kanell providing the call. A replay of the game will be shown on Comcast SportsNet at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

As always, I’ll be blogging my thoughts throughout the afternoon and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST).

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